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Associate Art Director Salary

Earnings for Associate Art Directors in the United States come in at around $49K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Associate Art Directors (62 percent) survey participants are women. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,855 - $83,404
MEDIAN: $49,136

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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.
$33,855 - $83,404  
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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).
$33,853 - $85,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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Job Description for Associate Art Director

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

Common Career Paths for Associate Art Director

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As Associate Art Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Art Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Art Directors earn $72K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director

Survey takers who work as Associate Art Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Design.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Associate Art Directors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

Adobe InDesign

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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


62 %
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%