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Highest Paying Cities for Art Directors

The top 100 highest paying cities for art directors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of art directors in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $134,520, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest paying city for art directors. It is followed by San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California (average annual salary $131,030). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of art directors in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Art Directors

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$134,520
1,000
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$131,030
1,340
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$119,500
3,430
4 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$118,870
320
5 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$118,630
280
6 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$117,440
6,360
7 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$117,380
40
8 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$113,840
60
9 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$110,680
7,740
10 Provo-Orem, Utah
$104,890
70
11 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$104,170
3,560
12 St Louis, Missouri
$102,640
420
13 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$100,940
170
14 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$99,970
630
15 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$99,880
90
16 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$99,690
660
17 Richmond, Virginia
$97,590
140
18 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$95,750
780
19 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$95,650
250
20 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$93,990
970
21 Springfield, Massachusetts
$90,730
40
22 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$90,390
80
23 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$89,240
320
24 Columbus, Ohio
$88,830
300
25 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$88,740
290
26 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$88,320
150
27 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$88,110
30
28 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$87,200
120
29 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$86,740
100
30 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$86,700
560
31 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$86,430
50
32 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$85,890
70
33 Madison, Wisconsin
$85,750
100
34 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$85,330
890
35 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$84,250
560
36 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$84,220
130
37 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$84,180
1,100
38 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$83,870
40
39 Camden, New Jersey
$83,510
30
40 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$83,440
720
41 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$83,210
420
42 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$83,110
390
43 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$82,470
990
44 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$82,070
390
45 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$81,860
420
46 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$81,300
160
47 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$80,640
80
48 Salt Lake City, Utah
$80,350
240
49 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$80,010
240
50 Kansas City, Missouri
$79,870
500
51 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$79,820
240
52 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$79,490
100
53 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$78,900
1,540
54 Wilmington, New Jersey
$78,720
40
55 Jacksonville, Florida
$77,990
80
56 Akron, Ohio
$77,690
60
57 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$77,470
170
58 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$77,340
160
59 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$77,280
70
60 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$77,270
1,700
61 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$77,200
400
62 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$76,980
120
63 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$76,920
60
64 Stockton, California
$76,650
30
65 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$76,090
170
66 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$76,010
730
67 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$75,840
60
68 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$75,560
130
69 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$74,980
n/a
70 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$74,740
240
71 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$74,510
780
72 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$74,200
670
73 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$73,350
190
74 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
$73,030
40
75 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$72,940
60
76 Dayton, Ohio
$72,870
90
77 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$72,690
400
78 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$70,170
110
79 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$70,140
40
80 Green Bay, Wisconsin
$69,820
30
81 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$69,590
110
82 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$69,580
60
83 Fort Wayne, Indiana
$69,540
40
84 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$68,900
160
85 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$68,870
210
86 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$68,210
180
87 Rochester, New York
$68,160
160
88 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$67,900
250
89 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$67,790
150
90 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$67,340
330
91 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$66,880
60
92 Lincoln, Nebraska
$66,590
70
93 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$65,660
240
94 Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$65,360
60
95 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$64,900
150
96 Toledo, Ohio
$64,500
30
97 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$63,250
70
98 Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, Vermont
$62,460
30
99 Syracuse, New York
$61,890
40
100 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$61,830
50
See also: Highest paying industries for art directors.