Associate Art Directors in the United States take home an average $52K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Female Associate Art Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,453 - $90,882
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$52K
$91K
MEDIAN: $52,012
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,453 - $90,882  
   
Bonus
$734 - $6,128  
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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$39,081 - $91,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$734 - $6,128  
   
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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$39,081 - $91,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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.

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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 $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 art direction, Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, Web Design, and Graphic Design. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Associate Art Directors see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,997

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 40 percent. With compensation 15 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

Late-Career
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National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Associate Art Director Salaries

Design
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art direction
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National Average
$52,000




Web Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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