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Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$142,000
$93,000
$142,000
$218,000
The average director makes about $143,032 per year. That's $68.77 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $93,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $218,000. Many of directors seem to be drawn to pharmaceutical and professional companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case directors tend to work at finance, health care, and technology companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, New York and Oklahoma pay directors the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
New York, NY
$151,669
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Map of Director Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Director Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, New York and Oklahoma, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for directors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are South Carolina, Hawaii, and Nebraska.

City
Average Salary
Columbus, GA
Columbus, GA
$138,856
$139k
Stamford, CT
Stamford, CT
$130,288
$130k
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$127,918
$128k

High Paying Director Jobs

Average Director Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a director, working for Deloitte or Sony Corporation of America might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like SAP America and Ge Capital Solutions report highly competitive salaries for directors.

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Director Salary History

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    Average Director Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that finance, health care, and technology companies tend to offer much higher salaries for directors. For example, directors make a whopping average salary of $172,467 while working for finance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $147,857 at health care companies and $145,278 at technology companies. But directors may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $125,782.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $172,467
    $172k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $147,857
    $148k
    Technology
    Technology
    $145,278
    $145k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $129,564
    $130k
    Professional
    Professional
    $126,434
    $126k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $125,782
    $126k

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