Film TV Production Crew Rates

Production Crew Rates For Film & TV (2020 Update)

Congratulations! You have taken the leap and become a freelance filmmaker. One plus of which is that you now get to determine your own production crew rates.

So whether you work for one day or several months on a project, you will need to let people know what you charge. However, this is no easy task, pay rates for freelancers alter per job role, project type, budget and individual experience. Not to mention, rates are especially difficult to calculate if all you have ever known is a salary.

There is, however, guidance out there for filmmakers. In particular, the advice provided by the UK’s foremost film union BECTU. Additionally, you can find guidance for specific job roles and departments through unions and guilds.

Your pay rate is the amount of money you charge to do a job. Below you will find recommended production crew rates for film crew job roles for the years 2020/2021.

*Important* These rates listed are for reference only, to give you some idea of what you should be charging. However, you can negotiate higher rates based on your experience. The rates for TV are based on a five-day workweek. Lower rates are for factual shows and higher rates for dramas. Rates for feature films are based on a six-day workweek. Lower rates for budgets less than £1M and higher rates for budgets between £1M – £3M.  

Above-the-line Production Crew Rates

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Producer£300*£1800*£250*£1250*
Director£300*£1800*£250*£1250*
Director Of Photography£300*£1800*£250*£1250*
Production Designer£300*£1800*£250*£1250*
Key * = Negotiable

Production Management

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Line Producer£250*£1500*£250*£1250*
Develop Producer£250*£1500*£225-£300£1125-£1500
Assistant Producer£200*£1200*£200-£250£1000-£1250
Production Manager£200-£400£1200-£2400£200-£300£1000- £1500
Production Coordinator£150-£310£900-£1860£150- £250£750-£1250
Production Secretary£130-£165£780-£990£100-£150£500-£750
Runner£100-£132£600-£792£100-£132£500-£792
Key * = Negotiable

Casting Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Casting Director£250*£1500 *£250-£400£1250- £2000
Casting Assistant£100 -£132£600-£792£100-£132£600-£792
Key * = Negotiable

★ Production Crew Rates (2020 Update) ★

Location Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Locations Manager£200-£400£1200- £2400£170-£300£850- £1500
Unit Manager£150-£300£900- £1800£150-£250£750- £1250
Location Scout£130-£300£780- £1800£100-£250£600- £1250
Key * = Negotiable

AD Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
1st Assistant Director£250-£700£1500- £4200£250-£400£1250 – £2000
2nd Assistant Director£200-£500£1200- £3000£200-£300£1000 – £1500
3rd Assistant Director£170-£400£1020- £2400£170-£200£850-£1000
Key * = Negotiable

Art Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Set Decorator£250-£400£1500- £2400£200-£300£1000- £1500
Art Director£200-£400£1200-£2400£200-£300£1000- £1500
Set Designer£180-£225£1080- £1350£200-£260£1000- £1300
Prop Master£150-£200£1100- £1200£150-£260£750-£1300
Prop Buyer£150-£200£1100-£1200£150-£260£750-£1100
Key * = Negotiable

Costume Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Costume Designer£250*£1500*£250-£400£1250- £2000
Costume Supervisor£200-£340£1200-£2040£180-£300£900- £1500
Costume Standby£150-£200£1100 – £1200£150-£260£750- £1100
Key * = Negotiable

★ Production Crew Rates (2020 Update) ★

Hair and Makeup Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Hair/Makeup Designer£250-£600£1500- £3600£250-£400£1250- £2000
Makeup Artist£200-£400£1200 – £2400£180-£300£900- £1500
Hair Designer£200-£400£1200 – £2400£180-£300£900- £1500
Key * = Negotiable

Camera Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Camera Operator£250-£500£1500 – £3000£250-£360£1250 – £1800
1st Assistant Camera£200-£380£1200 – £2280£200-£300£1000 – £1500
2nd Assistant Camera£150-£275£900 – £1650£150-£200£750 – £1000
DIT£200-£320£1200 – £1920£150-£240£750 – £1200
Script Supervisor£200-£380£1200 – £2280£200-£300£1000 – £1500
Key * = Negotiable

Grip Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Key Grip£250-£450£1500 -£2700£250-£360£1250 – £1800
Best Boy Grip£250-£400£1500 – £2400£250-£300£1250 – £1500
Key * = Negotiable

Lighting Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Gaffer£250-£500£1500 – £3000£250-£360£1250 – £1800
Lighting Technician£150-£275£900 – £1650£150-£200£750 – £1000
Genny Operator£150-£275£900 – £1650£150-£200£750 – £1000
Key * = Negotiable

★ Production Crew Rates (2020 Update) ★

Sound Department

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Sound Mixer£250-£600£1500 – £3600£250-£300£1250 – £1500
Boom Operator£200-£380£1200 – £2280£200-£300£1000 – £1500
Sound Assistant£150-£180£900 – £1080£150-£180£900 – £1080
Key * = Negotiable

Post Production

Job RoleDay Rate (Film)Weekly Rate (Film)Day Rate (TV)Weekly Rate (TV)
Editor£240-£390£1440 – £2340£250-£400£1250 – £2000
1st Assistant Editor£190-£280£1140 – £1680£130-£200£650 – £1000
Key * = Negotiable

Summary – Film & TV Production Crew Rates

Use the table above as a guide, but remember there are no set pay rates for freelancers. Furthermore, don’t forget to increase your production crew rates every year. As well as taking note of union advice, ask your co-workers what they charge per project. It won’t be easy at first, but talking about money is vital for encouraging fair pay in the film industry.  

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