Artistic Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $31K to $98K per year, median earnings come to $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Artistic Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Artistic Directors making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,540 - $95,778
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$96K
MEDIAN: $50,264
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90%

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$11.92 - $75.50
(Median)
$12
$20
$76
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,540 - $95,778  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
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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$31,215 - $97,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$31,215 - $97,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. Artistic Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries


Fundraising
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

People Management
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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