Art Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$70,000
$46,000
$70,000
$106,000
The average Art Director makes about $70,253 per year. That's $33.78 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $46,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $106,000. Many of Art Directors seem to be drawn to Media and Professional companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case Art Directors tend to work at Hospitality, Technology, and Media companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, California and Utah pay Art Directors the highest salaries.
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Map of Art Director Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Art Directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Art Director Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an Art Director is roughly $70,253 per year, which boils down to $33.78 per hour. Interestingly enough, Art Directors have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $105,705 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $56,000. Additionally, Art Directors make more than the average salary in Seattle, WA, Beaverton, OR, New York, NY, Omaha, NE, and Las Vegas, NV. On a more broad level, Art Director salaries are highest in Alaska, California, Utah, Washington, North Dakota, Oregon, and New York. On the contrary, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Tennessee offer the lowest Art Director salaries.

Average Art Director Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Microsoft and Apple as they offer the highest salaries for Art Directors.
Company
Average Salary
$154,498
$154k
$137,280
$137k
$109,134
$109k
$108,966
$109k
$100,145
$100k

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Average Art Director Pay By Industry

Art Director salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Hospitality, Technology, and Media companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an Art Director can make a yearly salary of $73,923 while working for Hospitality companies. All the while, other Art Directors are making $72,110 at Technology companies and $71,603 at Media companies. One industry Art Directors may want to avoid is the Manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $67,010.
Industry
Average Salary
Hospitality
Hospitality
$73,923
$74k
Technology
Technology
$72,110
$72k
Media
Media
$71,603
$72k
Retail
Retail
$69,259
$69k
Finance
Finance
$68,894
$69k
Professional
Professional
$67,529
$68k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$67,010
$67k

Art Director Salary History

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Recently Added Art Director Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Art Director
Art Director
06/27/2020
06/27/2020
$77,219
$77,219
06/27/2020
Art Director
Art Director
06/18/2020
06/18/2020
$62,610
$62,610
06/18/2020
Art Director
Art Director
06/12/2020
06/12/2020
$80,000
$80,000
06/12/2020
Art Director
Art Director
06/12/2020
06/12/2020
$85,254
$85,254
06/12/2020
Art Director
Art Director
05/28/2020
05/28/2020
$75,000
$75,000
05/28/2020
Art Director
Art Director
05/20/2020
05/20/2020
$93,915
$93,915
05/20/2020
Art Director
Art Director
05/12/2020
05/12/2020
$85,000
$85,000
05/12/2020
Art Director
Art Director
04/17/2020
04/17/2020
$62,610
$62,610
04/17/2020
Art Director
Art Director
03/27/2020
03/27/2020
$83,480
$83,480
03/27/2020
Director of Football Graphic Design (K-State Athletics)
Director of Football Graphic Design (K-State Athletics)
03/19/2020
03/19/2020
$50,000
$50,000
03/19/2020