Sr. Art Director Salary

Senior Art Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K annually, but may range from $57K to $130K per year. In the world of Senior Art Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $130K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Senior Art Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,181 - $120,880
$56K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,143
10%
50%
90%

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$28.84 - $81.37
$29
$47
$81
MEDIAN: $46.60
10%
50%
90%

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$0$129K
Salary $56,181 - $120,880
Bonus $519 - $19,668
Profit Sharing $511 - $14,681
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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$56,857 - $129,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 570
Hourly Data $0$120
Hourly Rate $28.84 - $81.37
Overtime $0.00 - $121
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $519 - $19,668
Profit Sharing $511 - $14,681
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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$56,857 - $129,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

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

  • Dictate the conceptual and visual development of designs.
  • Guide and mentor the creative team and deliverables.
  • Consult with clients during revision, purchase, and support stages.
  • Create designs.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Art Director


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Senior Art Directors who advance into the role of a VP or Creative Director are fairly uncommon. VPs and Creative Directors on average earn $143K per year. It is more probable, however, that Senior Art Directors become Creative Directors or Associate Directors of Creative Services.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Art Director


Senior Art Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Adobe Acrobat, Branding, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 76 percent, 22 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Art Director

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Art Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Art Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. 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 $81,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Sr. Art Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 307 salaries. A Sr. 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 $86,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,748

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Art Directors, 59 percent higher than the national average. Senior Art Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with St. Louis Senior Art Directors earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Farmington Hills (22 percent less) and Dallas (14 percent less).

Sr. Art Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Art Director?

Sr. Art Director in New York:
"Great experience."
Pros: I love the daily challenges and not working on one thing at a time.
Cons: Work being depleted by clients. Your work on something great that eventually turns to crap bc of all the changes.

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Key Stats for Sr. Art Director

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Sr. Art Director Salaries

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$83,000

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Sr. Art Director Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲75%

Branding
▲22%

Adobe After Effects
▲5%

art direction
▲3%




National Average
$83,000

Design
▼1%

Advertising
▼1%


▼2%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 12%