Sr. Art Director Salary

With approximately two-thirds of Senior Art Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Art Directors is $81K annually and can range from $56K on the lower end to $129K per year near the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The majority of Senior Art Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,561 - $120,706
$56K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,507
10%
50%
90%

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$27.67 - $87.59
$28
$46
$88
MEDIAN: $45.77
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$0$129K
Salary $55,561 - $120,706
Bonus $894 - $19,866
Profit Sharing $1,875
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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$56,251 - $129,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 545
Hourly Data $0$148
Hourly Rate $27.67 - $87.59
Overtime $0.00 - $148.48
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $894 - $19,866
Profit Sharing $1,875
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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$56,251 - $129,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Sr. Art Director


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While not commonly seen, Senior Art Directors who transition into a VP or Creative Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs and Creative Directors is $143K per year. A more common career path for Senior Art Directors is stepping into the role of Creative Director or Associate Director of Creative Services.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Senior Art Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Adobe Acrobat, Branding, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 23 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Art Director

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Art Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Art Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Art Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Sr. Art Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 307 salaries. A Sr. Art Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,078

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Art Directors, 60 percent higher than the national average. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Senior Art Directors in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Farmington Hills and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Art Director?

Sr. Art Director in New York:
"Great experience."
Pros: I love the daily challenges and not working on one thing at a time.
Cons: Work being depleted by clients. Your work on something great that eventually turns to crap bc of all the changes.

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Key Stats for Sr. Art Director

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$82,000

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲77%

Branding
▲23%

Adobe After Effects
▲6%

art direction
▲4%



Design
▼0%

Advertising
▼0%


National Average
$82,000




▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%
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