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Production Jobs in San Francisco

Every year, San Francisco continues to attract major film and television productions, from HBO's "Silicon Valley" to Marvel's Ant-Man (2015), making this city a great place to find production jobs. Those who work in production might find themselves working on an assortment of projects, from major films and TV shows, to advertising campaigns for technology giants, to news and unscripted production for news outlets.

A lot of up-and-comers in production break in through being a production assistant (PA) or assistant. PA's duties range from odds and ends, grabbing coffee, assisting with equipment ordering or pickup, wrangling actors to blocking traffic. The PA works with almost everyone in small capacities, giving that person the ability to solidify connections that can help secure future work.

The other route many take is personally assisting producers, directors, directors of photography and writers. This assisting role tends to be more administrative. Duties can include email management, overseeing schedules, drafting communication and arranging meetings. This can be a very advantageous position to move up in the world of production. This role can sometimes lead to an apprenticeship which can lead to future job opportunities.

The top ranked schools in San Francisco with programs and degrees in production are Stanford University ($44,169 per year, out-of-state), San Francisco State University ($18,372 per year, out-of-state)and Academy of Art University ($20,040 per year, out-of-state), according to rankings published by the Hollywood Reporter and Hack College in 2016.

Some of the top cities for finding jobs in production tend to be Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. You could build a successful career in production in any one of these cities. However, out of those cities, San Francisco ranks third in terms of the total number of production jobs available and the average level of salaries in the field. Among those cities, about 9% of all production jobs are located in San Francisco.

According to Glassdoor, some of the highest-rated production companies in San Francisco include Lucasfilm, ABC Network, HBO, Google, and Yahoo.

In San Francisco, the most popular production jobs are Set Designers, Writers, Producers, Cinematographers, Production Assistants, Directors, and Editors.

Professionals working in production in San Francisco also tend to work in the following industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Technology, Advertising, Marketing, Blog or Vlog Production, Design.

The following are estimates of salaries and wages for production jobs in San Francisco, which were compiled from, Glassdoor, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Senior Videographers - $75,000 per year, or $36.06 per hour

Art Directors - $134,000 per year, or $64.42 per hour

Broadcast Technicians - 56,000 per year, or $26.92 per hour

Producer and Directors - $101,000 per year, or $48.56 per hour

Production Assistants - $37,000 per year, or $17.79 per hour

Animators - $75,000 per year, or $36.06 per hour

Media Production Directors - $174,000 per year, or $83.65 per hour

Creative Directors - $141,000 per year, or $67.79 per hour

Art Director Assistants - $97,000 per year, or $46.63 per hour

Actor - $36,000 per year, or $17.31 per hour

Sound Engineers - $47,000 per year, or $22.60 per hour

Graphic Designers - $67,000 per year, or $32.21 per hour

Set Designers - $74,000 per year, or $35.58 per hour

Cinematographers and Photographers - $63,000 per year, or $30.29 per hour

Writers and Authors - $69,000 per year, or $33.17 per hour

Editors - $74,000 per year, or $35.58 per hour

Media Production Managers - $95,000 per year, or $45.67 per hour

Multimedia Artists, Animators, and CGI Artists - $89,000 per year, or $42.79 per hour

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