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Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $52K to $116K per year, median earnings come to $74K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Senior Art Directors spread between $52K and $116K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Art Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,320 - $108,274
(Median)
$51K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,065
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$20.27 - $85.19
(Median)
$20
$42
$85
MEDIAN: $42.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,320 - $108,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
Profit Sharing
$734 - $7,946  
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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$51,855 - $115,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $85.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $124.08  
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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$734 - $7,946  
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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$51,855 - $115,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Art Director


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Senior Art Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP or Creative Director. The average VP or Creative Director brings home $138K per year. When Senior Art Directors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Creative Directors or Associate Directors of Creative Services. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $12K, respectively.

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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 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include art direction. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Art Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $78K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Art Directors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Employers in Farmington Hills and Kansas City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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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 9%



Design
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National Average
$77,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

art direction
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%