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The Latest On How Much It Costs To Produce A Television Commercial?

One of the common questions people ask when they learn I am in the advertising business is “how much did that commercial cost to produce”. While the price of a production for a commercial varies widely from thousands to millions of dollars, here are the most recent stats on the average budgets to produce nationally-run commercials according the the 4A’s (the advertising industry’s main trade group).

Overall, the average production budget for a thirty second commercial (not including agency mark-ups or any other kind of agency commission – which would normally add roughly another 20%) was $302,000.  This does also not include any kind of celebrity talent.  Budgets also vary tremendously based on the product catagory.  For instance, the average budget for a car commercial was $426,000, while office equipment and computer commercials were significantly less at $231,000.   As we might expect, beer commercials top the list with average budgets of $781,000.

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