Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?
What skills should you learn to increase your salary?
This coming from an Executive at a major studio in Los Angeles, 'Associate Producer on a Feature can be paid at about $1500-1750 per week, going upward, depending upon the film's budget, your experience, your envolvement, your specific roles as the A.P. and political issues'. A.P. payment is usually contractual but not always. It depends on whether you are a staff employee, solely contractual for that particular project, or both staff and contractual.
Depending on the needs of the production, your background could be useful for one production and not another. My advice, as I am doing currently, is READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON, so when you go to interview (anywhere they are willing to take you under their wings), you'll be at least familiar with the structure of the entire production process.