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Associate Art Director Salary

Median pay for Associate Art Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $49K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Associate Art Directors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Female Associate Art Directors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,318 - $81,847
MEDIAN: $49,213

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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.
$34,318 - $81,847  
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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).
$34,148 - $83,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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.

Common Career Paths for Associate Art Director

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Associate Art Directors who transition into a Senior Art Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director

Typical 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. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Design.

Pay Difference by Location

Associate Art Directors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 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

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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 39 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%