A church technical director oversees and directs the services of lighting, sound, audio/visual equipment and related workers. These professionals coordinate the technical aspects required to successfully run church services and other related activities for a church or religious organization. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated salaries for this occupation under the title of producers and directors in the religious organizations industry in May 2010.
Churches that employ full-time technical directors require a strong belief in the church’s religion. Experience operating audio and video equipment is required, as well as the ability record and edit using audio and video imaging technology. Previous management experience of related audio and video technicians is also required.
A church technical director is often required to work irregular hours to coordinate the technical services for church activities, which includes evenings, weekends and holidays. Most of a technical director’s staff are volunteers, which requires active recruitment of churchgoers to support technical productions. The technical director also trains staff regarding the operation of audio and video equipment. The average salary was $51,970 per year for this occupation in 2010.
The salary for a church technical director varies based on the size of the church and the financial budget for this position. Most full-time technical directors work for large churches with over 1,000 church members. The 25th percentile earned $34,370 per year and the 75th percentile earned $65,150 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,190 per year and the highest 10 percent earned more than $83,610 per year.
The bureau estimated approximately 170 church technical directors employed, making this industry only .02 percent of all producers and directors employed in the United States in 2010. Among all industries, related occupations such as audio and video equipment technicians earn an average salary of $44,460 per year. Producers and directors earn an average salary of $88,610 per year.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Religious Organizations OES, May 2010
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics Query System
- Sugar Creek Baptist Church: Director of Technical Production Job Description
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Audio and Video Equipment Technicians OES, May 2010
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Producers and Directors OES, May 2010