Associate Art Director Salary
|Salary||$40,318 - $89,866|
|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).)
|$39,830 - $91,327|
|Bonus||$740 - $7,096|
|Total Pay (||$39,830 - $91,327|
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.
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
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).
Related Job Salaries
Key Stats for Associate Art Director
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.