Associate Art Director Salary

Median pay for Associate Art Directors in the United States is around $56K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Art Directors making up 71 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Associate Art Directors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,318 - $89,866
$40K
$56K
$90K
MEDIAN: $55,524
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$15.00 - $35.00
$19
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,318 - $89,866  
   
Bonus
$740 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$1,375  
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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$39,830 - $91,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$740 - $7,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,375  
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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$39,830 - $91,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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For Associate Art Directors, progressing to a Senior Art Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Art Director can earn $74K annually.

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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. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of 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: $55,449

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Associate Art Directors, 62 percent higher than the national average. Associate Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Baltimore (+16 percent), and San Diego (+7 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Cedar Rapids (35 percent lower and 30 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Associate Art Director

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

▲24%

▲9%

National Average
$55,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

National Average
$55,000

▼3%

art direction
▼4%




Adobe Illustrator
▼14%

Web Design
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 6%