Top Paying Entertainment Industry Careers


  1. Marketing and Promotion – Marketing Managers collaborate different marketing strategies with regards to market analysis, research, writing, graphics, and a very well thought-of and efficient plan. They can also do the job of a Promotion Manager wherein pricing plans and incentive programs are developed. For entry-level marketers and promoters, work is usually done in the field rather than the office. The annual salary of Marketing or Promotion Manager ranges from $30,000 – $110,000.
  1. Publicist – A publicist is responsible for building a connection between his/her clients and the media. Publicists are the individuals who provide the press with information and answers for whatever questions the media will present. The publicist usually represents its client especially during negative attacks and the like. In addition, publicists play a role in creating and planning buzz for media exposure for their clients.  Reported annual earnings for entry-level publicist ranges from $20,000 – $30,000 per year and $40,000 – $100,000 per year for senior-level publicists.
  1. Scriptwriter – The job of scriptwriters is to arrange and prepare the scripts for TV ads or commercials, dramas, movies, and theater. Great scripts generally are persuasive, adequate, and creative to catch the viewer’s attention and capture the lessons incorporated in the show. The salary of a scriptwriter that works for a major television network ranges from $2,000 – $5,000 per week; while the average scriptwriter earns between $44,000 – $50,000 yearly.
  1. Graphic Artist/Graphic Designer – Graphic Designers/Artist use art to convey a message to a specific audience. They are considered as visual artists since they are the ones who design objects, products, materials, and display for clients commercially. They also design a certain promotional display and packaging for new products to be launched. Graphic designers usually have plenty of work opportunities since the coverage of their talent and skills is unlimited. They can develop and publish layouts of books and magazines even for web pages in the internet and different multimedia projects. Some also make a name in designing graphics for television. The annual salary of a graphic designer ranges from $38,000 – $65,000.
  1. Illustrator – The job of an illustrator is to draw pictures for print-out materials like books, magazines, wrapping papers, and greeting cards. The graphic designer and Illustrator usually go hand in hand in creating an amazing art and decoration. Illustrators nowadays widely use the computer as a main tool in creating their designs and drawings. The salary of an illustrator ranges from $40,000 – $60,000 per year.
  1. A and R (Artist and Repertoire) Administrator – The A&R administrator works as a talent scout. He/she is responsible for holding auditions and hiring talent. They can work for a record label or as a freelancer. A&R Administrators make sure that the appropriate music is given to the right artist. The average salary of an A&R administrator is about $50,000 per year.
  1. Script Reader – Script readers read scripts and summarizes them as part of a screenplay. They are responsible for giving recommendations to clarify whether the production team has approved the script. The price of one script can range from $40 – $60 and a script reader’s salary per hour can range from $27 – $34.
  1. Make-up Artist – Make-up artists make sure that their clients look attractive and desirable. They are responsible for following what the client is asking to achieve a look fitted for the role. The average annual salary of a make-up artist is about $32,000 per year.
  1. Production Assistant – The role of a production assistant has a great significance in the entertainment industry. He makes sure that proper materials are utilized during, before, and after the show. He also makes sure that enough manpower is available to meet deadlines. The average salary of a production assistant annually ranges from $15,000 – $30,000 or $500 per week.
  1. Assistant to a Producer – The duty of a producer’s assistant is to make the producer’s job less of a load by helping out with tasks during pre-production, filming, and post-production. The average salary of the Assistant to Producer is about $300 per week.

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