The average salary for an Entry-Level Art Director is $50,784 per year.

$36,018 - $76,623
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,784
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$12.16 - $50.00
(Median)
$12
$19
$50
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,018 - $76,623  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $7,933  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
Commission
$3,750  
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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$34,336 - $79,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 804
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $50.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$17.94 - $68.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.96 - $7,933  
   
Commission
$3,750  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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).
)
$34,336 - $79,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,566

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Art Director Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Art Director in Los Angeles:
"Change is everything."
Be ready for change, in my five years it was all great until change actually took me out due to restructure. But we should always be excited for change because things happen for a reason.

Art Director in Crestview Hills:
Network as much as you can with peers; learn as much as you can from those in the business, be a sponge.

Art Director in Tampa:
"Learn the Sales Process."
If you can learn to approach your job from a sales AND creative standpoint you can better communicate through numbers and task flow. At times, when trying to communicate creative only - those not familiar with your job will not be able to understand your process. Familiarize yourself enough so that you can adequately and comfortable communicate how your role will impact theirs and the company as a whole.

Art Director in Tampa:
"The World is Mainly Sales Oriented."
Be involved in the sales aspect because if you have a tendency to communicate from a creative standpoint you can lose your audience. Numbers speak volumes and if you tackle it from a sales / creative standpoint - think hybrid - than you may have a better idea how to handle any conflicts.

Art Director in Union:
"Mass Market Retail fast-paced and long hours."
If you work as a graphic designer for retail company or agency, it is a fast paced working environment, very hands on and sometimes long hours. Need to be able to quickly multi-task and meet tight deadlines. Lastly, this career requires you to be able to be multi-skilled and be able to do everything from concept to retouching.

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Skills That Affect Art Director Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 6%

Advertising
up arrow 1%

Branding
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$51,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

Product Photography
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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