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Art Director Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Art Director is $58,769 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Video Editing, and Branding.
Art Director Salary (?
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$38,216 - $90,442
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $58,769
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Art Director Salary (?
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$13.68 - $66.06
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,216 - $90,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,155  
Profit Sharing
$485.68 - $7,450  
Commission
$0.00 - $36,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,133 - $95,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,076
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $66.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,155  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $36,500  
Profit Sharing
$485.68 - $7,450  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,133 - $95,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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Job Description for Art Director

This is a fast-paced, creative position that is most often found in large media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, production companies and advertising firms.
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Art Director Tasks
  • Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
  • Confer with department heads to discuss requirements, present concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
  • Create basic layout design and specify material details.
  • Formulate and implement design concepts and presentation approaches, and layout design.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Director

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Pay Difference By Location

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Art Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Art Director?
Art Director in Dallas:
"Creativity."
Pros: It's a job that requires creativity, it's fairly relaxed, you get to see your work out in the world.
Cons: Clients damage the work, bosses have trouble communicating, deadlines don't allow you to be as creative as you'd like.

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Experience Affects Art Director Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Art Director Salaries

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Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%
HTML
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Advertising
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National Average
$59,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 858 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 16%