Sr. Art Director Salary

With roughly 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 $77K per year and can range from $55K on the lower end to $121K per year near the higher end. In the world of Senior Art Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $55K and $121K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Senior Art Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,046 - $112,764
(Median)
$54K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,560
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$27.32 - $98.63
(Median)
$27
$44
$99
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,046 - $112,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $8,135  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$54,677 - $121,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 839
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$27.32 - $98.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $138.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $8,135  
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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$54,677 - $121,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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. The most common next step for a Senior Art Director is to become a Creative Director or an Associate Director of Creative Services. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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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, Project Management, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include art direction, Adobe InDesign, and Graphic Design. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Art Director

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


Senior Art Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $78K. Senior Art Directors see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $82K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,878

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, 27 percent higher than the national average. Senior Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), New York (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Kansas City (21 percent lower) and Farmington Hills (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries



National Average
$79,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries


User Interface Design
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 3%

Advertising
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$79,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

art direction
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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