$63,809
Avg. Salary
$26.11
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,927

Profit Sharing

$3,034

Commission

$5,855

The average pay for an Art Director is $26.11 per hour.

The average pay for an Art Director is $63,809 per year.

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$0$103K
Salary $41,878 - $98,781
Bonus $514 - $9,902
Profit Sharing $1,216 - $9,863
Commission $1,000 - $15,260
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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$40,640 - $103,902
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,714
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $14.86 - $71.81
Hourly Tips $0.86
Overtime $20.54 - $58.72
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $514 - $9,902
Commission $1,000 - $15,260
Profit Sharing $1,216 - $9,863
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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$40,640 - $103,902
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 564

Job Description for Art Director

Art directors coordinate concept-and-design efforts for promotions which may be in print form, on websites, or in commercials, and they may be involved in consumer promotions, as well. Usually, art directors are more focused on the concept and will delegate work to graphic designers, photographers, and other artists; however, it is still important to be proficient in Photoshop and other design suites in order to lead others' efforts and fill in when necessary.

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Art Director Tasks

  • Create basic layout design and specify material details.
  • Formulate and implement design concepts and presentation approaches, and layout design.
  • Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
  • Confer with department heads to discuss requirements, present concepts and to coordinate creative activities.

Art Director Pay By Employer

$0$76K

$54,478

DigitasLBi
6 profiles
$64,265

Common Career Paths for Art Director


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Popular Skills for Art Director

Pay by Experience Level for Art Director

Pay by Experience for an Art Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Art Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 879 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Art Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 938 salaries. An experienced Art Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,063 salaries. An Art Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 437 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,042

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

Art Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Art Director?

Art Director in Tampa:
"Learn the Sales Process."
If you can learn to approach your job from a sales AND creative standpoint you can better communicate through numbers and task flow. At times, when trying to communicate creative only - those not familiar with your job will not be able to understand your process. Familiarize yourself enough so that you can adequately and comfortable communicate how your role will impact theirs and the company as a whole.

Art Director in New York:
Pros: Casual setting. I like my superiors and get along with everybody.
Cons: Incentive is running low. Low paying.

Art Director in Denver:
"Your life is a deadline."
The creative industry provides a rewarding career path. It can be fun, enriching, and exciting, but it is not often a 9-5 job. Deadlines must be met every day, and you will have to do whatever it takes to meet them. This is not a profession for people with a lax work ethic. Skills needed in the current job market include both print and web design and coding (at the very least, a solid understanding of HTML5 and CSS 3). Some firms still specialize, but having the ability to create for both print and web is expected in today's job market. The best advice I can give to new art directors is to be supportive and flexible. Not everyone has the same style or aesthetic sense you do, so look at the work objectively, especially when evaluating the work of junior designers. Offer guidance, but allow them the freedom to explore their ideas without imposing upon them your personal style. Through this freedom, your designers will be emboldened to take chances and create some truly exciting work.

Art Director in Portland:
"Moderate stress level, fast paced, creative environment."
Pros: I love it! I can create a creative concept and put everything in to place to tell a strong, visual story.
Cons: I like least being expected to be creative and get a lot of work done under strict time constraints.

Art Director in Union:
"Mass Market Retail fast-paced and long hours."
If you work as a graphic designer for retail company or agency, it is a fast paced working environment, very hands on and sometimes long hours. Need to be able to quickly multi-task and meet tight deadlines. Lastly, this career requires you to be able to be multi-skilled and be able to do everything from concept to retouching.

Art Director in Oakland:
"Art, Work, and Money."
Pros: Consistent work on creatively stimulating projects. Freedom to work in a variety of mediums. Constantly expanding skill set based on what projects require. Broadening personal portfolio and network. Casual work environment. Flexible schedule.
Cons: Project fluctuation. Pay fluctuation. Sometimes encounter a sense of isolation and miss the social environment of a typical workplace. Rush projects with a team of one. Stress level sometimes.

Art Director in Dallas:
"Creativity."
Pros: It's a job that requires creativity, it's fairly relaxed, you get to see your work out in the world.
Cons: Clients damage the work, bosses have trouble communicating, deadlines don't allow you to be as creative as you'd like.

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Key Stats for Art Director

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 997 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Art Director Salaries

▲12%

▲9%

National Average
$64,000

▼2%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Art Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 997 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 18%