Associate Art Director Salary

Associate Art Directors in the United States take home an average $49K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Associate Art Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Associate Art Directors (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,795 - $80,949
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,405
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$12.82 - $44.70
(Median)
$13
$18
$45
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,795 - $80,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$875  
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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$35,322 - $82,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$34.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$875  
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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$35,322 - $82,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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

  • 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 go on to become Senior Art Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Art Directors is $73K annually.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director


Associate Art Directors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Web Design, Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Associate Art Directors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $46K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $51K. Associate Art Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,683

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Associate Art Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

Web Design
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Design
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National Average
$50,000

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 29 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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