Art director earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Art director salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $118,660
New York $108,470
Georgia $96,810
Oregon $96,660
Washington $102,440
New Jersey $100,060
Utah $95,210
New Mexico $104,080
Illinois $90,880
Delaware $89,490
Pennsylvania $84,760
Massachusetts $90,910
Connecticut $89,940
North Carolina $88,400
Minnesota $89,150
Maine $97,230
Colorado $80,680
New Hampshire $82,770
Virginia $79,420
Missouri $82,350
Nebraska $79,270
West Virginia $89,950
Michigan $79,280
Vermont $84,900
Rhode Island $85,030
Indiana $76,030
Alabama $76,040
Ohio $79,300
Kansas $72,070
South Carolina $65,440
Texas $72,080
Wisconsin $73,420
Florida $69,060
Tennessee $71,010
District of Columbia $72,650
Nevada $75,980
North Dakota $86,060
Kentucky $74,450
Hawaii $68,220
Iowa $70,970
Maryland $65,400
Idaho $67,180
Oklahoma $62,770
Louisiana $63,080
Arkansas $63,870
Mississippi $49,180

How much does an Art Director earn?

Art directors typically pay their dues as graphic designers, industrial designers, or set designers, or even as fine artists and photographers. Some employers require that their art directors have at least three to five years of relevant experience. Having a portfolio that shows a variety of projects and a variety of clients can result in a higher art director salary than for an art director just starting out.

Those who work in motion picture and video industries have the highest art director salaries. Those that can offer specialized design services or advertising, public relations and related services can earn an average of $83,500/yr. Art directors that provide services at newspapers, magazines and publishing companies earn an average of $67,000/yr, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How do art director salaries compare to similar careers?

Art directors earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than urban planners but more than photojournalists.

Career Median Salary
Urban planner salary $59K
Tattoo artist salary $39K
Industrial designer salary $52K
Calligrapher salary $65K
Cinematographer salary $40K
Art director salary $60K
Exhibit designer salary $54K
Games artist salary $51K
Architect salary $51K
Photojournalist salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)