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Artistic Director Salary

Artistic Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $46K per year, but may range from $28K to $82K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Artistic Directors is high. A majority enjoy medical while more than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth. Women make up a slight majority of Artistic Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,195 - $77,544
(Median)
$27K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,782
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$13.09 - $46.37
(Median)
$13
$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,195 - $77,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$27,514 - $82,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $46.37  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$27,514 - $82,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Artistic Director

Artistic directors generally work with theaters, but are also hired by other organizations. The ideal applicant should have a Bachelor's degree in a theatrical discipline and previous experience in the field. Some companies and organizations may require knowledge of Microsoft Office, though most do not.

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Artistic Director Tasks

  • Review and approve all materials, copies, and proofs.
  • Direct employees in artwork, layout design, and copy writing.
  • Formulate design and presentation concepts including type size and style, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
  • Present designs to clients.

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Artistic Directors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with People Management, Budget Management, and Curriculum Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Artistic Director

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


Artistic Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, Artistic Directors make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 41%
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