Artistic Director Salary

With just below two-thirds of Artistic Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $97K per year and averages out to $49K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Artistic Directors (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, just over a half do enjoy medical insurance, and about one in three get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,628 - $93,425
$30K
$49K
$93K
MEDIAN: $49,212
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50%
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$11.92 - $75.50
$12
$20
$76
MEDIAN: $19.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,628 - $93,425  
   
Bonus
$1,600  
Commission
$12,750  
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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$30,066 - $97,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,600  
   
Commission
$12,750  
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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$30,066 - $97,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Artistic Director

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


Artistic Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $62K on average.

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Key Stats for Artistic Director

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries


Fundraising
▲4%

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$48,000

Curriculum Planning
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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