The average salary for an art director in the United States is around $59,563 per year.
This is 1% above the national average. Updated in 2017.
Art directors earn an average yearly salary of $59,563. Wages typically start from $52,303 and go up to $85,044.
Art director earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Art director salary by state
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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?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)