The process for creating a feature film or television show is similar to running a business. The project must stay within budget and deliver the product on the agreed deadline. The post-production supervisor manages the last leg of the film's journey to an audience.
The average hourly wage across all industries for a worker in a management position on a film production, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was approximately $91,500 in 2008, or approximately $44 per hour. The salary of a post-production supervisor depends on the size of the production's budget and if the supervisor is a part of the film trade union. Salaries in the motion picture industry tend to be higher at approximately $51 per hour.
After the film crew completes production, the post-production supervisor comes on board to make sure the editing and delivery process occurs on time. The post-production supervisor monitors the editing status of the film, coordinates sound mixing, arranges for film scoring and music rights, handles automated dialogue recording for actors in post-production and communicates with the director about editing changes. The post-production supervisor also keeps a budget of all post-production expenses.
The main employers of post-production supervisors include the motion picture industry, television broadcast industry and commercial advertising industry. The duties of a post-production supervisor are similar in each industry. Post-production supervisors coordinate the editing process of feature length films in the motion picture industry, television and Internet commercials in the advertising world, and television shows or news broadcasts on television.
The growth of post-production positions within the film industry is expected to be slightly above average over the next decade. Due to the expansion of cable programming and streaming Internet video, more jobs will be created for post-production supervisors. Some editing jobs may go overseas due to lower post-production costs, possibly lowering post-production supervisor salaries in the United States.