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Working As A Senior Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Senior Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Senior Producer Career Paths

Senior Producer
Project Manager Owner Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Owner Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Senior Manager-Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Brand Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Manager Co-Founder Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
10 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Owner And Founder Social Media Manager
Digital Marketing Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Principal Art Director Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Print Production Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Proposal Manager Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 4.0 years
Producer Director 3.9 years
Broadcast Producer 3.8 years
Writer/Producer 3.7 years
Executive Producer 3.5 years
Freelance Producer 3.1 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 2.9 years
Creative Producer 2.8 years
Lead Producer 2.8 years
Producer 2.7 years
Online Producer 2.4 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Digital Producer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Producer
Producer 25.3%
Internship 3.3%
Reporter 2.7%
Editor 2.7%
Director 1.9%
Top Careers After Senior Producer
Producer 18.7%
Consultant 3.7%
Director 3.6%
Editor 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Kirkland, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Senior Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Producer in the United States is $62,609 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $114,000.

Real Senior Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Senior Producer, CBS Evening News CBS News Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2016 $252,350
Staff Senior Producer, CBS Evening News CBS News Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $225,000
Senior Producer Fresh Producer LLC New York, NY Feb 10, 2014 $187,830
Senior Managing Producer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $180,000
Senior Managing Producer SONY Interactive Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 05, 2016 $180,000
Senior Managing Producer SONY Interactive Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA May 05, 2016 $180,000
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Aug 05, 2014 $167,500
Senior Producer Beats Electronics LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 21, 2014 $165,000
Senior Producer Beats Electronics LLC Culver City, CA Jun 30, 2014 $165,000
Senior Producer Infusiondev LLC New York, NY Aug 27, 2013 $160,000
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA May 23, 2013 $146,366
Senior Design Producer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 08, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior VFX Producer Framestore Inc. New York, NY Nov 07, 2013 $130,000
Senior Producer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior Producer T&R Productions LLC Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $126,500
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 12, 2013 $125,000
Senior Producer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Feb 12, 2013 $125,000 -
$145,000
SR. Producer Turner Sports, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 25, 2016 $124,000 -
$186,000
Senior Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2016 $120,000
Senior Producer I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 08, 2013 $104,575
SR. Producer 360I, LLC New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $102,149
Senior Outsourcing Producer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 15, 2015 $100,000 -
$140,000
Senior Technical Producer Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY Jun 06, 2014 $100,000
Senior Producer Click 3X LLC New York, NY Jun 16, 2016 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Producer

  1. Video Production
  2. Web Content
  3. Online
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  • Developed and executed sales strategies for Chameleon Video Productions and advertising campaigns for clients.
  • Produced online video and web content for teacher professional development.
  • Integrated client partnerships within ground breaking JuniorNet online community.
  • Created multiple interactive community outreach programs that engaged viewers, increased participation and significantly raised shows' profile among key demos.
  • Initiated Project Management Office by developing methodologies and engagement processes for use throughout the company, establishing standards and practices.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Producers

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Connecticut
  5. Georgia
  6. Maryland
  7. New Jersey
  8. Nevada
  9. Washington
  10. Florida
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Senior Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

53.6%

Female

37.4%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.0%

French

21.3%

Italian

5.5%

German

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Chinese

3.7%

Portuguese

3.0%

Mandarin

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Korean

1.8%

Dutch

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Turkish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%
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Senior Producer Education

Schools

New York University

13.9%

University of Southern California

7.1%

Syracuse University

6.2%

Boston University

6.2%

Emerson College

5.7%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Columbia University

5.2%

Columbia College Chicago

5.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

University of Miami

3.9%

Ithaca College

3.7%

Fordham University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

American University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.2%
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Majors

Communication

22.5%

Journalism

15.2%

Photography

12.8%

Business

6.9%

English

5.3%

Digital Media

3.9%

Marketing

3.7%

Fine Arts

3.6%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.3%

Political Science

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Public Relations

2.8%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Science

1.8%

History

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Theatre

1.7%

Writing

1.6%

Music

1.5%

Advertising

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.7%

Masters

17.5%

Other

14.1%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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