Associate Art Director Salary

Pay for Associate Art Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $59K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Associate Art Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Most Associate Art Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,612 - $90,795
$40K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $59,330
10%
50%
90%

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$16.50 - $45.49
$25
MEDIAN: $25.00
50%

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$0$93K
Salary $39,612 - $90,795
Bonus $496.65 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $3,550
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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$39,330 - $93,156
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 109
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $25.00
Overtime $47.00
Annual Data $0$93K
Bonus $496.65 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $3,550
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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$39,330 - $93,156
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Associate Art Director

Creative departments in media and marketing will normally have an art director who works to set the graphic look and feel of websites, magazines, or marketing campaigns. An associate art director works alongside a senior art director, providing assistance and input on these design decisions. The associate art director also will typically be delegated the more routine artistic tasks to carry out.

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Associate Art Director Tasks

  • Create and prototype initiatives and campaigns.
  • Meet with clients to identify requirements, pitch ideas, and present campaigns.
  • Liaise with creative teams and other departments for continuity and efficiency.
  • Review and recommend changes to portfolios and campaigns, ensuring fit with brand.

Common Career Paths for Associate Art Director


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Associate Art Directors who go on to become Senior Art Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Art Directors is $74K annually.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Design, art direction, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Web Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Graphic Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Art Director

Pay by Experience for an Associate Art Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Art Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 56 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Art Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 50 salaries. An experienced Associate Art Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 18 salaries. An Associate Art Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,779

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Associate Art Directors will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 51 percent. Associate Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent) and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Associate Art Directors in Honolulu earn salaries far below the national average by 41 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (40 percent lower) and Cedar Rapids (35 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Associate Art Director

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

National Average
$60,000

▼10%

art direction
▼11%




Adobe Illustrator
▼21%

Web Design
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%
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