Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $53K to $118K 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 $118K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. 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. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Senior Art Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,905 - $110,172

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$23.27 - $84.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,905 - $110,172  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,031  
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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$53,442 - $117,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.27 - $84.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $125.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,031  
   
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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$53,442 - $117,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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

  • 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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For Senior Art Directors, progressing to a VP or Creative Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP or Creative Director can earn $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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Design, User Interface Design, art direction, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. A tool kit that includes Graphic Design also typically contains Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Art Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Senior Art Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. On average, Senior Art Directors make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Art Directors that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), New York (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Senior Art Directors have considerably lower salaries, 30 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. 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
up arrow 6%

Advertising
up arrow 4%

art direction
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$78,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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