Sr. Art Director Salary

The majority of Senior Art Directors in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $57K to $128K per year, and the median is $80K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$56,075 - $119,705
$56K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,975
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$27.45 - $83.25
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$45
$83
MEDIAN: $45.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,075 - $119,705  
   
Bonus
$975 - $19,690  
Profit Sharing
$1,254  
Total Pay (?
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$56,575 - $128,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$27.45 - $83.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $150.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$975 - $19,690  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,254  
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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$56,575 - $128,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

  • Dictate the conceptual and visual development of designs.
  • Guide and mentor the creative team and deliverables.
  • Consult with clients during revision, purchase, and support stages.
  • Create designs.

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 $142K 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 $2K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Survey results imply that Senior Art Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe After Effects, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 78 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like art direction. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $75K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. For Senior Art Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. 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 $85K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,425

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Art Directors, 58 percent above the national average. Senior Art Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), New York (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Farmington Hills (21 percent lower) and Austin (17 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Sr. Art Director

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$81,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲78%

Adobe After Effects
▲7%




Design
▼0%

Advertising
▼0%

National Average
$81,000


▼1%



art direction
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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