Industry Standard Rates for Video Production Services in the U.S.

November 7, 2010

by Kris Simmons, The Video Business Guru

http://www.MindYourVideoBusiness.com

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Industry Standard Rates for Video Production Services in the U.S.
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I came across this information the other day at http://www.ozonline.tv and I thought I’d share it with you. These day-rates are a few years old but I’ve found them to still be accurate based on the work I do in the Southeast as well as throughout the United States.

 

Film & Video Low High
Director, Commercial $1,200 $18,000
Director, Film** Varies Varies
Assistant Director, Film 550 750
Assistant Director, Commercials (12hr) 225 400
Production Coordinator, Commercials 225 400
Production Manager, Commercials 375 500
Production Manager, Film 500 1,500
Production Assistant 100 200
Line Producer 300 700
Producer, Film 450 850
Producer, Video 350 600
Producer, Corporate/Industrial 350 600
Associate Producer 250 400
Location Manager, Features 250 400
Location Manager, Commercials 250 400
Location Scout, Features 125 250
Location Scout, Commercials 300 500
Script & Continuity, Features (10hr) 225 350
Script & Continuity, Commercials (10hr) 225 350
Casting Director 350 750
Set Designer (10hr) 250 500
Storyboard Artist (per frame, b/w) 20 50
Graphic Designer (per hour) 25 85
Set Construction Coordinator 250 600
Prop Builder 200 600
Food Stylist 400 800
Stylist Assistant 150 225
Film Editor 300 1,500
Video Editor 150 750
Editing Assistant 125 175
Director of Photography, Film 750 3,500
Director of Photography, Video 350 750
Camera Operator, Film (10hr) 350 550
Camera Operator, Video (10hr) 200 350
Film Camera Assistant (10hr) 300 450
Steadicam Operator 400 1,000
Still Photographer (on-set usage) 400 1,400
Lighting Director, Video (10 hr) 350 750
Gaffer (10 hr) 250 400
Electrician (10 hr) 225 375
Best Boy (10 hr) 225 375
Key Grip (10 hr) 300 400
Dolly Grip (10 hr) 250 400
Grip (10 hr) 240 375
Rigging Grip (10 hr) 240 375
Location Sound Recordist/Mixer (10 hr) 350 500
Location Boom Operator 200 350
Transportation Coordinator 250 350
Transportation Driver 175 350
Key Make-Up Artist (10hr) 350 550
Make-Up Artist Assistant (10hr) 150 250
Make-Up Artist, Special Effects (10hr) 300 550
Key Hair Stylist (10hr) 300 550
Hair Stylist, Assistant (10hr) 150 250
Key Wardrobe (10hr) 300 550
Wardrobe Buyer/Stylist Assistant (10hr) 125 250
Caterer/Location (per head) 8 30

** Film Directors rates are highly subjective. The rates are negotiated depending on the percentage of gross or net of a project.

9 thoughts on “Industry Standard Rates for Video Production Services in the U.S.

  1. hello, i am a budding videographer and editor. I’m trying to learn the ropes in terms of pricing. In your chart is that based on working on a feature length or basically free-lance/contract work? Thanks for your help.

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    1. Hi Mike–
      thanks for your comment. These rates are a couple years old but still pretty close. I believe they’re the rates for video & film based on long-form productions. Freelance rates usually vary greatly by location, availability pool, economy of the area, etc– Feel free to contact Kris Simmons who wrote the article at: krissimmons@me.com
      –Jeff

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