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Artistic Director Salary

With roughly three-fifths 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 $26K to $82K per year and averages out to $45K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The greater part enjoy medical while about a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-fifth. Job satisfaction for Artistic Directors is high. Women Artistic Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.
$26,236 - $78,134
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56K
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MEDIAN: $45,307
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$12.67 - $45.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,236 - $78,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$26,458 - $82,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $45.62  
   
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 - $5,017  
   
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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$26,458 - $82,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with People Management, Budget Management, and Curriculum Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Artistic Director

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


Artistic Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $43K on average. Artistic Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Artistic Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 41%