Artistic Director Salary

The majority of Artistic Directors in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $29K to $84K per year, and the median is $47K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, roughly two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Artistic Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Artistic Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,401 - $80,765
(Median)
$29K
$47K
$81K
MEDIAN: $46,725
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$13.91 - $45.96
(Median)
$14
$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,401 - $80,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$23,000  
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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$29,445 - $84,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $45.96  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$23,000  
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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$29,445 - $84,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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Artistic Directors usually report a few specific skills. 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Artistic Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

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Experience Affects Artistic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Artistic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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