Artistic Director Salary
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.
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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.Read More...
Work is primarily carried out indoors, although occasional outdoors activity is possible. It is important that the artistic director can communicate well with co-workers, as they will be supervising a group of employees and actors/models for various roles. He/she will often be the face of their organization to the media and community, as they will be working with other directors to plan and produce plays and other scenes as needed.
The artistic director may or may not be in charge of the budget, but will need to propose an operating budget and ensure that operations stay within budget limits. They will also need to present reviews and documentation at board meetings to executives and work with other departments to create marketing materials to present to the public. The artistic director will also be in charge of rehearsals and practices, coordinating technical trials with the appropriate staff, leading staff meetings, and giving directions as needed.
Artistic Director Tasks
- Formulate design and presentation concepts including type size and style, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
- Present designs to clients.
- Review and approve all materials, copies, and proofs.
- Direct employees in artwork, layout design, and copy writing.
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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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