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Associate Art Director Salary

The average Associate Art Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Associate Art Directors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Associate Art Directors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,355 - $82,879
MEDIAN: $49,247

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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.
$34,355 - $82,879  
$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).
$34,184 - $85,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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.


Associate Art Director Tasks

  • 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.

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Associate Art Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Art Director. The average Senior Art Director brings home $72K per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director

Associate Art Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Design.

Pay Difference by Location

For Associate Art Directors, New York provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.


64 %
36 %

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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%