Sr. Art Director Salary (United States)

With about two-thirds of Sr. Art Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Sr. Art Directors is $74,037 per year and can range from $49,128 on the lower end to $114,591 per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $48,424 on the lower end to $105,250 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10,119 from bonuses and upwards of $10,000 from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Sr. Art Directors making up 57 percent of workers. Most Sr. Art Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,424 - $105,250
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MEDIAN: $71,603
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Sr. Art Director Salary (?
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$19.80 - $86.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,424 - $105,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $10,000  
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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$49,128 - $114,591  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$19.80 - $86.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $120.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $10,000  
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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$49,128 - $114,591  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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Sr. Art Directors may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Vice President (VP) & Creative Director can offer an extra $64K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Sr. Art Directors moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Creative Directors or Associate Creative Directors, where paychecks increase by $6,696 or $14,058 per year.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director

Survey results imply that Sr. Art Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Web Design, Project Management, User Interface Design, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 13 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of 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.
In most cases, Sr. Art Directors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Salaries start at $67K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $77K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Sr. Art Directors encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $77K annually.

Pay Difference By Location

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$74,000
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For Sr. Art Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Denver, top-paying cities where Sr. Art Directors see paychecks higher than average (+27 percent, +26 percent, +12 percent, and +7 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Farmington Hills and Atlanta (-13 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries

National Average
$74,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries

User Interface Design
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$74,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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