Artistic Director Salary

Artistic Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $49K annually, but may range from $30K to $98K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over a half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-third. Men make up a slight majority of Artistic Directors (54 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Artistic Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,554 - $95,778
$31K
$49K
$96K
MEDIAN: $49,212
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50%
90%

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$11.92 - $75.50
$12
$20
$76
MEDIAN: $19.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,554 - $95,778  
   
Bonus
$1,548  
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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$30,278 - $97,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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
$1,548  
   
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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$30,278 - $97,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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

Pay by Experience for an Artistic Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Artistic Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Artistic Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Artistic Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 38 salaries. An Artistic Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 42 salaries.

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Key Stats for Artistic Director

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼13%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries


Fundraising
▲5%

People Management
▲1%

National Average
$48,000

Curriculum Planning
▼5%

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
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 42%