Artistic Director Salary

Three in five of Artistic Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $29K to $82K per year, and the average comes out to $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over a third collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The majority of Artistic Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,255 - $77,412

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$13.48 - $52.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$28,255 - $77,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$28,530 - $82,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $52.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$28,530 - $82,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 only report a few specific skills. People Management and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 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 $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. Artistic Directors bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Artistic Directors report making only $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 12%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 38%
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