Film Directors at a Glance

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Film Directors

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Best States for Film Directors

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
California 24,410 $128,000 $62
New York 17,160 $112,110 $54
District of Columbia 1,410 $88,870 $43

Becoming a Film Director

More and more schools are offering bachelor's and master's degrees in film directing. Most film directors typically hold a bachelor's degree in film or a related field and have several years of work experience. They often begin their film directing career as a film editor, actor, or assistant to an established director.

Academy of Art University and Full Sail University, both accredited for-profit institutions, offer online bachelor's degrees in film with curriculum that thoroughly cover directing and many other aspects of film production. Film degree programs typically require students complete one, sometimes several films. Some classes you may take in a film or film directing degree program include:

  • Film and Video Production
  • Feature Script Analysis
  • Film History
  • Post Production

In order to coordinate the talents of what can be a large number of people working together to create a film, directors must develop strong leadership, management, and communication skills. Film directors also use their creative skills to bring a film script to life. As a film director's reputation grows, he or she may advance to larger, more expensive projects.