Associate Art Director Salary

Median pay for Associate Art Directors in the United States is around $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate Art Directors. Women account for the majority of Associate Art Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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).
)
$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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At the upper end, Associate Art Directors who move into a Senior Art Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Art Directors is a much higher $73K per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Art Director


Survey results show that Associate Art Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Web Design, Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Art Directors make a median salary of $65K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,683

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

Associate Art Directors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Associate Art Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%



National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

Web Design
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Design
0%

National Average
$50,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

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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