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Production Assistant Careers

Lights, camera, action! As part of the preparation for a set, you just might get to yell, "Action!" before snapping the director's clapboard. Unfortunately, that isn't your only responsibility.

As a production assistant, you get to set the scene. Whether it's for a play or a movie or even a TV show. Whatever the set is being used for, you help set up the lights, any props that are being used, and help get equipment into place.

Another fun perk to this job is that you get to see the script firsthand, as it's coming off the printer. Since you'll be printing that and call sheets, you'll definitely have the low-down info before anyone else. If you're not careful, you might start having paparazzi following you around!

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a production assistant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $14.84 an hour? That's $30,873 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -4% and produce -110,600 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Production Assistant Do

There are certain skills that many production assistants have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed organizational skills, customer-service skills and leadership skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a production assistant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.8% of production assistants included communication, while 12.8% of resumes included video production, and 5.4% of resumes included audio equipment. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the production assistant job title. But what industry to start with? Most production assistants actually find jobs in the media and retail industries.

How To Become a Production Assistant

If you're interested in becoming a production assistant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 63.6% of production assistants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 7.6% of production assistants have master's degrees. Even though most production assistants have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a production assistant. When we researched the most common majors for a production assistant, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on production assistant resumes include high school diploma degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a production assistant. In fact, many production assistant jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many production assistants also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or production internship.

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Average Salary
$30,873
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
-4%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
22,413
Job Openings

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Average Salary for a Production Assistant

Production Assistants in America make an average salary of $30,873 per year or $15 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $45,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $20,000 per year.
Average Salary
$30,873

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Bristol, CT
Salary Range30k - 45k$37k$37,047
Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range29k - 44k$36k$36,420
Petaluma, CA
Salary Range28k - 44k$36k$35,758
Kent, WA
Salary Range28k - 40k$34k$33,796
New York, NY
Salary Range26k - 40k$33k$32,817
Chicago, IL
Salary Range28k - 36k$32k$32,160
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$45k

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Production Assistant Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Production Assistant. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Production Assistant Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Production Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Production Assistant Demographics

Gender

male

50.3 %

female

45.3 %

unknown

4.4 %

Ethnicity

White

61.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

18.4 %

Black or African American

10.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.9 %

French

12.4 %

Italian

4.2 %
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Production Assistant Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

63.3 %

Certificate

12.0 %

Associate

11.7 %
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Top Skills For a Production Assistant

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 12.8% of production assistants listed communication on their resume, but soft skills such as organizational skills and customer-service skills are important as well.

Best States For a Production Assistant

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a production assistant. The best states for people in this position are Connecticut, Nevada, New Hampshire, and California. Production assistants make the most in Connecticut with an average salary of $37,229. Whereas in Nevada and New Hampshire, they would average $36,629 and $35,504, respectively. While production assistants would only make an average of $34,669 in California, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Maine

Total Production Assistant Jobs:
141
Highest 10% Earn:
$42,000
Location Quotient:
1.32
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. New Hampshire

Total Production Assistant Jobs:
144
Highest 10% Earn:
$47,000
Location Quotient:
1.02
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Iowa

Total Production Assistant Jobs:
505
Highest 10% Earn:
$40,000
Location Quotient:
1.73
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Production Assistant Employers

1. ESPN
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$36,938
Production Assistants Hired: 
534+
2. NBCUniversal
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$35,998
Production Assistants Hired: 
345+
3. CBS
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$33,426
Production Assistants Hired: 
343+
4. The Walt Disney Company
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$42,266
Production Assistants Hired: 
145+
5. Fox News
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$40,603
Production Assistants Hired: 
141+
6. Comcast
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$32,877
Production Assistants Hired: 
137+

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Updated October 2, 2020