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Production Jobs in NYC

New York continues to provide residents with a steady stream of production jobs. While major features films and TV shows usually garner the most attention, the city also offers production jobs on numerous independent films, documentaries, news stories, and web series filmed throughout the city. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, NYC and the surrounding areas approved 36 projects, including 16 films, 8 pilots, and 12 TV series, for the upcoming year, according to Post Star.

According to Glassdoor, some of the highest-rated production companies in NYC include NBC, FOX, Nickelodeon Digital, Comedy Central, Turner Broadcasting, and ABC.

Production careers often start with the production assistant role. This job entails a lot of bouncing around, interdepartmental communication and adapting to whatever the state of urgency happens to be. PA's are often getting things for people (ie. coffee, snacks, scripts) who are in the middle of shooting. PA's also are often the ones taking actors to and from set. This role is a great way to meet and work with people across all departments on a set. When a PA establishes a good rapport with everyone on set, they are setting themselves up for referrals for work on future projects.

Another popular track for production careers is the personal assistant one. Directors, producers, writers, and directors of photography all take on personal assistants. This role requires an administrative skillset and a good foundation of communication. A personal assistant is often speaking on behalf of the person they are supporting whether it be through email, on the phone or in person. This role includes managing an executive's schedule, arranging meetings, planning pickups and deliveries, and running errands. This is a great way to get one's foot in the door to producing jobs and other production positions.

The top ranked schools in NYC with programs and degrees in production are New York University (NYU, $49,962 per year, out-of-state), Colombia University ($49,300 per year, out-of-state), and Syracuse University ($41,794 per year, out-of-state), according to rankings published by the Hollywood Reporter and Hack College in 2016.

In NYC, the most popular production jobs are Cinematographers, Directors, Writers, Set Designers, Art Directors, Production Assistants, and Producers.

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, NYC ranks second in terms of the total number of production jobs available and the average level of salaries in the field. Among those cities, about 24% of all production jobs are located in NYC.

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

Senior Videographers - $70,000 per year, or $33.65 per hour

Art Directors - $131,000 per year, or $62.98 per hour

Broadcast Technicians - $53,000 per year, or $25.48 per hour

Producer and Directors - $113,000 per year, or $54.33 per hour

Production Assistants - $34,000 per year, or $16.35 per hour

Animators - $58,000 per year, or $27.88 per hour

Media Production Directors - $162,000 per year, or $77.88 per hour

Creative Directors - $132,000 per year, or $63.46 per hour

Art Director Assistants - $90,000 per year, or $43.27 per hour

Actor - $34,000 per year, or $16.35 per hour

Sound Engineers - $45,000 per year, or $21.63 per hour

Graphic Designers - $59,000 per year, or $28.37 per hour

Set Designers - $59,000 per year, or $28.37 per hour

Cinematographers and Photographers - $87,000 per year, or $41.83 per hour

Writers and Authors - $86,000 per year, or $41.35 per hour

Editors - $80,000 per year, or $38.46 per hour

Media Production Managers - $89,000 per year, or $42.79 per hour

Multimedia Artists, Animators, and CGI Artists - $71,000 per year, or $34.13 per hour

Professionals working in production in NYC also tend to work in the following industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Online/New Media, Advertising, Technology, Marketing, Blog or Vlog Production.

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