Artistic Director Salary
With approximately two-thirds of Artistic Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Artistic Directors is $50K annually and can range from $28K on the lower end to $101K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Just over a half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. Men working as Artistic Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Artistic Directors. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$25,346 - $97,900|
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|$26,024 - $102,114|
|Hourly Rate||$12.16 - $73.97|
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Job Description for Artistic Director
Artistic directors generally work with theaters, but are also hired by other organizations. The ideal applicant should have a Bachelor's degree in a theatrical discipline and previous experience in the field. Some companies and organizations may require knowledge of Microsoft Office, though most do not.Read More...
Work is primarily carried out indoors, although occasional outdoors activity is possible. It is important that the artistic director can communicate well with co-workers, as they will be supervising a group of employees and actors/models for various roles. He/she will often be the face of their organization to the media and community, as they will be working with other directors to plan and produce plays and other scenes as needed.
The artistic director may or may not be in charge of the budget, but will need to propose an operating budget and ensure that operations stay within budget limits. They will also need to present reviews and documentation at board meetings to executives and work with other departments to create marketing materials to present to the public. The artistic director will also be in charge of rehearsals and practices, coordinating technical trials with the appropriate staff, leading staff meetings, and giving directions as needed. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Artistic Director Tasks
- Formulate design and presentation concepts including type size and style, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
- Present designs to clients.
- Review and approve all materials, copies, and proofs.
- Direct employees in artwork, layout design, and copy writing.
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Pay by Experience Level for Artistic Director
Pay by Experience for an Artistic Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Artistic Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Artistic Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Artistic Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 38 salaries. An Artistic Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 42 salaries.
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