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Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about two-thirds of Senior Art Directors. Salaries average out to around $74K per year and spread from $52K to $116K per year. Total incomes of Senior Art Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $52K and $116K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Art Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Art Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,723 - $108,379
(Median)
$52K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,258
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50%
90%

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$20.13 - $85.57
(Median)
$20
$42
$86
MEDIAN: $42.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,723 - $108,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,973  
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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$52,277 - $116,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $85.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $124.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,973  
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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$52,277 - $116,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Sr. Art Director

A senior art director is usually a graphic design professional with many years of experience in their field. However, the “senior” portion of their title may only indicate this individual is in charge of a team of more junior designers. Regardless of whether he or she leads a team, a senior art director generally spends most of their time developing and implementing creative solutions to various types of graphic design problems. For example, they may design web sites, retouch photos for magazine covers, or create business-specific materials such as logos, business cards, brochures, and price lists. The type of materials they design and create depends largely on the company for which they work. Senior art directors are hired by a wide range of organizations, from video game houses to financial services firms to nonprofit institutions.

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Sr. Art Director Tasks

  • Consult with clients during revision, purchase, and support stages.
  • Create designs.
  • Dictate the conceptual and visual development of designs.
  • Guide and mentor the creative team and deliverables.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Survey results imply that Senior Art Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Web Design, User Interface Design, Advertising, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include art direction, Adobe Illustrator, and Graphic Design. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Art Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Art Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. Senior Art Directors see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $80K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Senior Art Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 30 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Farmington Hills (17 percent lower) and Kansas City (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries


User Interface Design
up arrow 7%



Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$77,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

art direction
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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