Associate Art Director Salary

Pay for Associate Art Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $55K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate Art Directors. Women make up the majority of Associate Art Directors (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,802 - $89,402
$40K
$55K
$89K
MEDIAN: $55,305
10%
50%
90%

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$15.72 - $45.09
$22
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,802 - $89,402  
   
Bonus
$740 - $7,096  
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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$39,234 - $91,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.00  
   
Overtime
$47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Bonus
$740 - $7,096  
   
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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$39,234 - $91,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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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At the upper end, Associate Art Directors who move into a Senior Art Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Art Directors is a much higher $74K per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director


Survey results suggest that Associate Art Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in 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: $55,063

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

For Associate Art Directors, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 63 percent greater than the national average. Associate Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Baltimore (+17 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Associate Art Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Associate Art Directors in Honolulu bring in salaries that are 36 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Milwaukee and Cedar Rapids earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (35 percent less and 30 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Associate Art Director

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

▲24%

▲10%

National Average
$55,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

National Average
$55,000

▼3%

art direction
▼4%




Adobe Illustrator
▼14%

Web Design
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 8%
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