Art directors are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, art directors rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 17% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy art directors are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Illustrator
3.9
$49k
Photographer
3.9
$32k
Hand sewer
3.9
$29k
Calligrapher
3.8
$65k
Tattoo artist
3.8
$39k
Art director
3.8
$93k
Set designer
3.8
$28k
Videographer
3.8
$35k
Exhibit designer
3.7
$54k
Make-Up artist
3.7
$64k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are art directors happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do art directors find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as art directors?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are art director’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are art directors making the best use of their abilities?

Are art directors happy with their salary?