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Artistic Director Salary

Artistic Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under two-thirds of Artistic Directors. Pay fluctuates from $27K to $82K per year, but expected earnings average $46K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Artistic Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Artistic Directors. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and nearly one in three earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,379 - $76,366
(Median)
$26K
$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $45,883
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90%

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$13.09 - $46.37
(Median)
$13
$19
$46
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,379 - $76,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$26,858 - $81,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $46.37  
   
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 - $4,848  
   
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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$26,858 - $81,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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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Survey results show that Artistic Directors typically report just a few professional skills. People Management and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 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.


Artistic Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $38K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $43K. For Artistic Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 41%