Updated August 18, 2021
Average Director Salary
$116,000 yearly
$56.19 hourly

Entry level Salary
$75,000 yearly
$75,000
10 %
$116,000
Median
$182,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$182,000$15,167$88
75th Percentile$147,000$12,250$71
Average$116,877$9,740$56
25th Percentile$92,000$7,667$44
10th Percentile$75,000$6,250$36

Average Director Salary By State

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Director average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$65,855$31.66634
Alaska$71,025$34.15246
Arizona$74,804$35.961,950
Arkansas$70,724$34.00627
California$113,235$54.4416,220
Colorado$78,632$37.801,892
Connecticut$104,179$50.091,489
Delaware$77,135$37.08518
District of Columbia$99,878$48.021,473
Florida$72,010$34.625,248
Georgia$90,815$43.663,305
Hawaii$106,042$50.98225
Idaho$64,493$31.01488
Illinois$86,623$41.655,599
Indiana$56,605$27.211,600
Iowa$62,946$30.26647
Kansas$59,881$28.79784
Kentucky$66,508$31.98909
Louisiana$68,061$32.72622
Maine$80,880$38.88396
Maryland$93,993$45.192,078
Massachusetts$92,655$44.555,842
Michigan$77,842$37.421,680
Minnesota$87,086$41.872,148
Mississippi$83,981$40.38366
Missouri$74,236$35.691,482
Montana$65,278$31.38427
Nebraska$60,632$29.15616
Nevada$78,680$37.83705
New Hampshire$74,161$35.65577
New Jersey$107,252$51.565,270
New Mexico$68,145$32.76553
New York$116,966$56.239,033
North Carolina$74,419$35.783,534
North Dakota$60,420$29.05239
Ohio$70,904$34.092,715
Oklahoma$61,598$29.61574
Oregon$87,524$42.082,145
Pennsylvania$79,592$38.274,551
Rhode Island$90,461$43.49638
South Carolina$58,735$28.241,000
South Dakota$77,570$37.29231
Tennessee$67,188$32.301,574
Texas$87,312$41.987,261
Utah$73,449$35.311,272
Vermont$96,360$46.33348
Virginia$84,238$40.503,489
Washington$106,811$51.352,740
West Virginia$96,303$46.30328
Wisconsin$73,439$35.311,471
Wyoming$65,724$31.60189

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Highest Paying Cities For Director

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
New York, NY$123,483$59.37
San Francisco, CA$122,419$58.86
Jersey City, NJ$111,615$53.66
Seattle, WA$109,055$52.43
Hartford, CT$107,859$51.86
Washington, DC$102,328$49.20

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How much does a Director make?

The average Director salary is $116,877 per year, or $56.19 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $75,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $182,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, California, New Jersey, Washington, and Hawaii provide the highest Director salaries.

Average Director Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$117,000$56.19+0.1%
    2021$117,000$56.14+0.9%
    2020$116,000$55.62+3.5%
    2019$112,000$53.65-1.0%
    2018$113,000$54.17-0.5%

    How Much Do Directors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, Director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Finance, Technology, and Health Care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Directors. For example, Directors make a whopping average salary of $161,862 while working for Finance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $154,404 at Technology companies and $139,828 at Health Care companies. But Directors may want to avoid working in the Retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $134,554.
    RankIndustryAverage Director SalaryDirector Salary Range
    1Finance
    $161,862
    $110k
    $196k
    2Technology
    $154,404
    $110k
    $196k
    3Health Care
    $139,828
    $110k
    $196k
    4Manufacturing
    $139,786
    $110k
    $196k
    5Retail
    $134,554
    $110k
    $196k

    High Paying Director Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Director Of Operations And Finance

    Avg. salary: $135,504

    A director of operations and finance is in charge of overseeing and spearheading business and financial operations, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflow. Their responsibilities revolve around performing research and analysis to identify the best practices to optimize operations, coordinating with different departments to gather data, conducting research and analysis to identify new business and investment opportunities, and monitoring the progress of various projects and programs. Furthermore, as a director, it is essential to lead and encourage the workforce to reach goals, all while implementing the company's policies and regulations.
    198,938 Director Of Operations And Finance Jobs
    Regional Director Of Operations

    Avg. salary: $92,692

    A Regional Director of Operations supervises an organization's operational activities for an assigned region. Their duties include hiring employees, creating work schedules, overseeing the regional budget, and authorizing expenditures.
    134,268 Regional Director Of Operations Jobs
    Director, Special Projects

    Avg. salary: $127,678

    The primary responsibility of a director of special projects is to ensure the successful conclusion of construction-related projects. Special project directors lead, organize, and perform corporate projects outside their duties. They utilize project management, business process management, and change management disciplines for timely and cost-effective initiatives delivery. It is part of their responsibilities to collaborate with business leaders and entrepreneurs to perform corporate programs and initiatives. They also manage process enhancements and various special programs.
    49,698 Director, Special Projects Jobs
    Department Director

    Avg. salary: $92,764

    A Department Director spearheads and oversees the operations of a department, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflow. Although their responsibilities vary upon the functions of a department, they typically have the power to decide on projects and programs. Their responsibilities include setting goals, establishing budgets and guidelines, representing the department at meetings and media coverages, liaising with external business partners, managing staff, and monitoring the progress of operations. Moreover, a Department Director leads and encourages staff to reach goals while implementing the company's policies and regulations.
    85,899 Department Director Jobs
    Operations Director

    Avg. salary: $95,841

    Operations directors oversee all company operations. They have the power to set the direction, change the course of the organization, and reform strategies to ensure efficiency in how the company operates. Operations directors manage business operations effectively by constantly analyzing company data and by anticipating any challenge that may come their way. As such, they make sound business decisions and recommendations that will help strengthen the organization. Operations directors oversee finances, quality control, and even human resources. They ensure that all aspects of the business are considered in making business operations decisions.
    139,292 Operations Director Jobs
    Corporate Director

    Avg. salary: $160,807

    A corporate director is a business individual who is an elected or appointed member of the board of directors that directs or manages a corporation. Corporate directors are responsible for making decisions regarding the supervision of the entire enterprise as well as their products and services. They are in control of others' property and are liable to both their individual and joint actions. Corporate directors are also bound by the duty to act within the scope of their authority and must exercise due care in the performance of their corporate tasks.
    83,492 Corporate Director Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Director Of Operations And Finance$135,504$11,292$65.15198,938
    Regional Director Of Operations$92,692$7,724$44.56134,268
    Director, Special Projects$127,678$10,640$61.3849,698
    Department Director$92,764$7,730$44.6085,899
    Operations Director$95,841$7,987$46.08139,292
    Corporate Director$160,807$13,401$77.3183,492
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    Average Director Salary by Demographic

    Director Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $116,129
    female-income
    Female Income
    $115,588
    GenderIncome
    Male$116,129
    Female$115,588
    Median Director Income by Race
    Asian Directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Directors have the lowest average salary at $113,176.
    $120,000
    $96,000
    $72,000
    $48,000
    $24,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$118,564
    Black or African American$114,823
    Asian$118,977
    Hispanic or Latino$113,176
    Average Director Salary by Education Level
    $125,000
    $100,000
    $75,000
    $50,000
    $25,000
    $0
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    Bachelor's Degree$116,129
    Master's Degree$120,549