Artistic Director Salary

The majority of Artistic Directors in the United States — three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $28K to $81K per year, and the median is $46K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Artistic Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. A majority enjoy medical while more than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth.

$28,029 - $76,366
(Median)
$28K
$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $45,616
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90%

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$13.58 - $46.64
(Median)
$14
$20
$47
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$28,029 - $76,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$28,432 - $81,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $46.64  
   
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 - $4,894  
   
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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$28,432 - $81,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. People Management and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Artistic Director

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $39K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. Artistic Directors bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $50K.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 39%
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