Associate Art Director Salary
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.Read More...
An associate art director working in a media company will typically work with the art director in helping to scheme out key creative areas like layouts of physical or web pages. The associate will help to create preliminary schematics and sketches that incorporate color, branding patterns, and applicable logos. These help the artistic director to have a physical representation of the work to be done, and also benefit graphic artists and designers who will be tasked with creating the finished product. In fact, the associate art director may be the first set of eyes on submitted creative work. He or she will then edit, adjust, and return for revision. When the associate is satisfied, the senior art director will then typically have final approval before publication.
To work as an associate art director, a person will typically pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in graphic art design or a similar discipline. A candidate in this area must be comfortable with using computer software in the design process, and he or she will typically possess prior experience as a graphic designer or artist. Most associate art directors work in a studio or office environment during regular business hours of the week.
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.
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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director
Survey results suggest that Associate Art Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in art direction, Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Graphic Design. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Art Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Associate Art Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. Associate Art Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $76K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Associate Art Directors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average.
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