The average salary for an Art Director is $61,200 per year. A skill in User Interface Design is associated with high pay for this job.

$40,705 - $96,390
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$41K
$61K
$96K
MEDIAN: $61,199
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$14.11 - $68.92
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,705 - $96,390  
   
Bonus
$711 - $9,811  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $9,807  
Commission
$-0.50 - $15,152  
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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$39,451 - $101,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $68.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$19.43 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$711 - $9,811  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $15,152  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $9,807  
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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$39,451 - $101,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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Job Description for Art Director

Art directors coordinate concept-and-design efforts for promotions which may be in print form, on websites, or in commercials, and they may be involved in consumer promotions, as well. Usually, art directors are more focused on the concept and will delegate work to graphic designers, photographers, and other artists; however, it is still important to be proficient in Photoshop and other design suites in order to lead others' efforts and fill in when necessary.

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,548

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Art Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Art Director?

Art Director in Portland:
"Moderate stress level, fast paced, creative environment."
Pros: I love it! I can create a creative concept and put everything in to place to tell a strong, visual story.
Cons: I like least being expected to be creative and get a lot of work done under strict time constraints.

Art Director in Oakland:
"Art, Work, and Money."
Pros: Consistent work on creatively stimulating projects. Freedom to work in a variety of mediums. Constantly expanding skill set based on what projects require. Broadening personal portfolio and network. Casual work environment. Flexible schedule.
Cons: Project fluctuation. Pay fluctuation. Sometimes encounter a sense of isolation and miss the social environment of a typical workplace. Rush projects with a team of one. Stress level sometimes.

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
$62,000


Skills That Affect Art Director Salaries




Design
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Project Management
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National Average
$62,000

Branding
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Web Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
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Advertising
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Illustration
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 397 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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