Art Director Salary

The average salary for an Art Director is $61,731 per year. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job.

$41,135 - $97,280
$41K
$63K
$97K
MEDIAN: $62,588
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50%
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$14.69 - $72.80
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$26
$73
MEDIAN: $26.03
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$0$101K
Salary $41,135 - $97,280
Bonus $512 - $9,954
Profit Sharing $1,015 - $9,849
Commission $0.34 - $20,000
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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$40,070 - $101,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,489
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $14.69 - $72.80
Hourly Tips $0.86
Overtime $19.79 - $59.31
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $512 - $9,954
Commission $0.34 - $20,000
Profit Sharing $1,015 - $9,849
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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$40,070 - $101,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 525

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.

Common Career Paths for Art Director


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Art Director Job Listings

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: $62,848

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Art Director Reviews

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

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 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 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
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 803 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Art Director Salaries

▲14%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$63,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Art Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 803 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 18%