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
Pennsylvania $91,856
New Jersey $100,060
Utah $95,210
New Mexico $104,080
Delaware $89,490
Massachusetts $90,910
Connecticut $89,940
Indiana $80,491
North Carolina $88,400
Illinois $83,935
Minnesota $89,150
Maine $97,230
Kansas $78,102
New Hampshire $82,770
Virginia $79,420
Alaska $90,910
Missouri $82,350
Nebraska $79,270
West Virginia $89,950
Michigan $79,280
Vermont $84,900
Colorado $80,680
Rhode Island $85,030
Iowa $75,110
Ohio $79,300
South Carolina $65,440
Texas $72,080
Alabama $76,040
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
Maryland $65,400
Arizona $69,560
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 Arkansas. On average, they make less than fashion designers but more than multimedia animators.

Career Median Salary
Fashion designer salary $59K
Camera operator salary $63K
Games artist salary $74K
Architect salary $63K
Art director salary $64K
Interior designer salary $63K
Film director salary $52K
Filmmaker salary $52K
Multimedia animator salary $55K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)