Assistant Art Director Salary
The average Assistant Art Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Assistant Art Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Assistant Art Director
Assistant art directors have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities and generally work within the art department of a larger organization. Generally, they are lower-level members of the creative department who play the role of a coordinator for projects assigned to the art department and report directly to the art director.Read More...
Those in this position generally act as an intermediary between management and the artists and designers employed by the company. Assistant art directors have daily interactions with the creative team while performing mid-level managerial duties. He/she often responds to requests for projects made by the art director, and helps the director determine what is required and how individual projects should be handled. Offering suggestions and helping to fine-tune ideas is a critical part of the position.
Assistant art directors often act in a clerical capacity, as well, by keeping track of all of submitted work, filling out forms, filing reports, and generating reports. They often interact with clients directly to determine their needs, and also create mock-ups and other samples specifically for those clients. They will often compile and present completed design presentations for clients and/or management, as well.
Another major part of the job involves providing quality control for projects to ensure that the company and/or clients receive the designs/products which best suit the needs of their organization. A bachelor's degree in fine arts or a related field, as well as several years of experience, are generally required for this position.
Assistant Art Director Tasks
- Assist art director in developing accounts and determining design content.
- Preliminarily review designs.
- Edit basic layout design and presentation.
- Liaise between account staff and the art director.
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Popular Skills for Assistant Art Director
Professional skills reported by Assistant Art Directors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Adobe InDesign also know Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Art Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Assistant Art Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Assistant Art Directors make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Assistant Art 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 $61K.