Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $55K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $77K annually. 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Art Directors (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Senior Art Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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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90%

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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. A common career progression for a Senior Art Director is to become a Creative Director or an Associate Director of Creative Services. Compared to Senior Art Directors, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like art direction, Adobe InDesign, and Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Art Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $82K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,878

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

For Senior Art Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), New York (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Art Directors is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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
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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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