The CTHRA Cable Programmers / Broadcast Networks Survey is an industry specific compensation survey conducted annually to provide competitive compensation information to cable programmers, television and satellite radio broadcasters and any entity that provides and/or produces content with mobile, internet, film, commercial and related entities.  The Survey invites participation from cable programmers, broadcast networks, digital media and technology companies, on demand and internet streaming content providers or other content companies with related programming positions.

Forty-seven companies — representing 114 networks and approximately 28,000 employees — are using the 2017 Croner CTHRA Survey data to understand current market trends and to establish rational market compensation levels in their organizations. Participant companies include all five national broadcast networks and all 25 of the top national cable networks, as well as companies who create content for internet channels.

Three hundred and seventy-five positions at all levels are reported, in functions such as general management, programming, creative production, technical production, post production, remote operations, library, affiliate and media relations, community affairs, market research, digital distribution, advertising sales, affiliate advertising sales, advertising sales operations, legal and business affairs and G&A.

View the positions covered in the 2017 Survey: 2017 CTHRA ProgNet Position Grids

Participant Companies

2017 Participant Companies:
A+E Networks, LLC
Altice USA, Inc.
AMC Networks Inc.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
CBS Corporation
Crown Media United States, LLC
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Disney ABC Television Group
ESPN, Inc.
Fox Networks Group, Inc.
Fox News Network, LLC
Fuse Media 
HBO Latin America Production Services, L.C.
Home Box Office, Inc.
HSN, Inc.
Hulu, LLC
ION Media Networks, Inc.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Madison Square Garden
MLB Network, LLC
National Basketball Association
National Football League
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
PGA Tour
Public Broadcasting Service
QVC, Inc.
Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.
Riot Games, Inc.
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC
The E.W. Scripps Company
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Tribune Media
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Univision Communications Inc.
Viacom Media Networks
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Added for 2018 Participation:
BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc.
Charter Communications, Inc.
Fuse Media
Game Show Network, LLC
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Position Grids & Job Families Reported

To view a pdf of the complete list of positions by family and by level, please click here:

2017 CTHRA ProgNet Position Grids

Job Families:

  • General Management
  • Digital Media
  • Program Acquisitions
  • Original Programming
  • Program Development
  • Current Programming
  • On-Air Promotions
  • Program Scheduling
  • Talent Relations
  • Music Content
  • Producing
  • Digital Video Producing
  • Multimedia Producing
  • Digital Journalist
  • Digital Anchor
  • Digital Coordinator
  • Preediting
  • Coordinating Producing
  • Assignment Editing
  • Content or News Editing
  • Research
  • Production Management
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Technical Ops
  • Show Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • Camera Operations
  • Audio Technology
  • Editorial Graphics Producing
  • Lighting
  • Network Operations
  • Coordination
  • Closed Captioning
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Satellite Systems Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Media Operations
  • Encoding
  • Broadcast Operations
  • Master Control
  • Advanced Technology
  • Post Production
  • Audio Editing / Mixing
  • Character Generation
  • Library
  • Digital Assets
  • Writing / Producing
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Design
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Production Art
  • Creative Services
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Brand / Product Marketing
  • Media Planning
  • Events Marketing
  • Digital Media
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Partner Marketing
  • Broadcaster Affiliate Relations
  • Media Relations
  • Community Affairs
  • Government Relations
  • Market and/or Audience Research
  • Home Entertainment Distribution
  • International Distribution
  • Advertising Sales
  • Advertising Sales Planning
  • Advertising Sales Analysis
  • Integrated Sales & Marketing
  • Affiliate Sales
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Sales Operations
  • Advertisement Inventory
  • Advertisement Traffic
  • Premium Channel Sales Training
  • Legal and/or Business Affairs
  • Legal Counsel
  • Contract Administration
  • Standards & Practices
  • Rights & Clearances
  • Licensing
  • Business Development
  • Anti-Piracy
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Production Accounting
  • Royalty Accounting
  • Production Financial Analysis
  • Technology

Policy Data Reported

The Full Report of Results covers policies and practices, including the following subjects:

  • Corporate Operating Statistics
  • Span of Control Statistics
  • Salary Adjustment Budgets
  • Formal Short Term Incentive Plans
  • Advertising Sales Organization Design
  • Advertising Sales Incentive Plan Design
  • Long Term Incentive Plan Design

To view a sample policy data table, click here:  Sample Plan Design Table








Position Data Reported

To view a sample position page from the report, click here:

Sample Position Information - Exec, Standard, Ad Sales

The Compensation Data Report includes the following compensation elements for each position:

  • Number of Incumbents Reported
  • Number of Companies with Match
  • Geographic Composition
  • FLSA Status
  • STI Eligibility
  • STI Awards Received
  • STI Targets
  • LTI Eligibility
  • LTI Awards Received
  • Base Salary
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Cash Awards as % of Base Salary
  • Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • Paired Comparison Postion Match Analysis for Base Salary, Actual Total Cash Compensation and Total Direct Compensation
  • Differentials (of average pay between organization levels by job family category)

Data Cuts Reported Where Relevant:

Geographic Area
U.S. Region
Metropolitan Area

Size of Company

Industry Segment
Cable Programmers
National Broadcast Networks
Other Media

Survey Schedule

2018 Survey Planning Meeting: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Comcast 
Cable Communications, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
2018 Data Effective Date: March 1, 2018
2018 Questionnaire Distribution: March 2018
2018 Completion Deadline: April 2018
2018 Full Report of Results Published: September 2018
2018 Review of Results Webinar: November 2018
2018 Salary Budgets Survey Supplement: August 2018


Participation Fees

2018 Participation Fee The fee to participate in the 2018 Survey is $8,300.

Purchase of the Current Report By signing a Participation Agreement to participate in the 2018 Survey, a company may purchase the 2017 Report for $15,800.

Custom Cut of Data for Participants 
For an additional fee, a participant company may select a subset of companies from the participant list for a custom cut of the data set. A minimum selection of ten companies is required.  A custom cut of the data set for "All Incumbents" is $550. A custom rerun of the data set including all data cuts is $875.



The Croner Company conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided.  All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form.  No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating companies.  The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report.

Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.


CTHRA members benefit from exceptional educational, networking and industry resources. Companies who are not members of CTHRA are encouraged to join. To learn more, please visit the CTHRA website at

Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association
1717 North Naper Boulevard, Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 599-7102