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Sr. Art Director Salary (United States)

Senior Art Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $72K annually on average but can range from $49K to $115K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Senior Art Directors generally range from $49K to $115K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Art Directors (57 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,424 - $105,250
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MEDIAN: $71,603
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Sr. Art Director Salary (?
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$19.80 - $86.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,424 - $105,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $10,000  
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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$49,128 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$19.80 - $86.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $120.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $10,000  
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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$49,128 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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As Senior Art Directors transition into upper-level roles such as VP or Creative Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a VP or Creative Director typically earns $138K per year. Senior Art Directors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Creative Directors or Associate Directors of Creative Services. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

Sr. Art Director Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director

Senior Art Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Web Design, Project Management, User Interface Design, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 13 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. 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.
For many Senior Art Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. 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 $77K on average.

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For Senior Art Directors, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Denver, where Senior Art Directors typically earn around 27 percent, 26 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Farmington Hills (13 percent lower) and Atlanta (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries

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$74,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries

User Interface Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%