Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $118K per year, median earnings come to $75K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Art Directors varies from around $53K to approximately $118K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Senior Art Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Senior Art Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,410 - $109,472
(Median)
$52K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,289
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$20.35 - $85.00
(Median)
$20
$43
$85
MEDIAN: $42.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,410 - $109,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,060  
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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$53,029 - $118,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 769
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $85.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $125.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,060  
   
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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$53,029 - $118,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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Senior Art Directors may progress into high-paying roles like VP or Creative Director, where median compensation is $139K annually. Career advancement for the typical Senior Art Director often leads to becoming a Creative Director or an Associate Director of Creative Services; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Senior Art Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include art direction, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. For Senior Art Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Art Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+27 percent), New York (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Art Directors in Indianapolis earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Kansas City and Farmington Hills are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 percent lower and 18 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
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Design
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National Average
$78,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

art direction
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

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: 10%
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