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Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly two-thirds of Senior Art Directors. Pay fluctuates from $53K to $117K per year, but expected earnings average $74K per year. 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 $53K and $117K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Art Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. 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.

$51,898 - $108,668
(Median)
$52K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,474
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$20.20 - $85.38
(Median)
$20
$42
$85
MEDIAN: $41.00
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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
$51,898 - $108,668  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,071  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,973  
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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$52,518 - $116,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 759
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 - $10,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,973  
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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$52,518 - $116,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Senior Art Directors who transition into a VP or Creative Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $139K 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 $4K and $12K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Survey results suggest that Senior Art Directors put a wide range of professional skills 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 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include art direction, Adobe Illustrator, and Graphic Design. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know 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.


Senior Art Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Art Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 30 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Farmington Hills and 14 percent less in Kansas City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 6%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$77,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%


art direction
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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