Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $53K to $118K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Art Directors approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $118K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Senior Art Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,032 - $109,282
(Median)
$52K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,810
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$20.20 - $85.38
(Median)
$20
$43
$85
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
$52,032 - $109,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,109  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $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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$52,660 - $117,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 760
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $85.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $125.11  
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 - $10,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $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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$52,660 - $117,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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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At the upper end, Senior Art Directors who move into a VP or Creative Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs and Creative Directors is a much higher $139K per year. It is quite typical for Senior Art Directors to transition into roles as Creative Directors or Associate Directors of Creative Services, where reported median earnings are $4K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Survey results suggest that Senior Art Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Design, User Interface Design, Advertising, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include art direction, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. 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 many Senior Art Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $67K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $77K. Senior Art Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Art Directors that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Kansas City and Farmington Hills are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries



National Average
$78,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries


User Interface Design
up arrow 7%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$78,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%


art direction
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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