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Highest Paying Industries for Art Directors

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $120,240, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences is the highest paying industry for art directors. It is followed by software publishers industry (average annual salary $117,240). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of art directors in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Art Directors

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$120,240
50
2 Software Publishers
$117,240
450
3 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$111,740
70
4 Scientific Research and Development Services
$111,290
60
5 Apparel Manufacturing
$109,160
70
6 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$108,090
40
7 Other Information Services
$105,110
520
8 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$102,750
410
9 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$101,650
130
10 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$101,310
50
11 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$101,260
830
12 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$101,080
2,390
13 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$100,040
40
14 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$99,820
2,450
15 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$99,590
30
16 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$97,680
240
17 Photographic Services
$96,880
40
18 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$96,340
120
19 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$96,270
710
20 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,270
1,440
21 Specialized Design Services
$93,590
2,870
22 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$92,260
60
23 Wholesale Trade
$92,120
1,180
24 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$92,080
90
25 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$90,940
80
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$90,190
17,020
27 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$89,060
11,500
28 Employment Services
$88,790
100
29 Finance and Insurance
$88,070
210
30 Paper Manufacturing
$87,760
30
31 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$87,250
50
32 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$86,750
30
33 Spectator Sports
$86,740
60
34 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$86,600
40
35 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$85,960
90
36 Temporary Help Services
$85,530
50
37 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$85,270
1,380
38 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$85,190
110
39 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$85,040
110
40 Insurance Carriers
$84,510
100
41 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$84,180
40
42 Information
$83,430
7,970
43 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$83,350
50
44 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$83,210
580
45 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$83,030
120
46 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$82,780
160
47 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$82,040
150
48 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$81,990
n/a
49 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$81,960
130
50 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$81,670
110
51 Administrative and Support Services
$81,420
320
52 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,420
320
53 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$79,380
150
54 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$78,510
190
55 Television Broadcasting
$78,000
390
56 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$77,830
60
57 Chemical Manufacturing
$77,800
70
58 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$77,620
130
59 Nonstore Retailers
$77,580
370
60 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$77,320
360
61 Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,000
70
62 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$76,640
180
63 Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,640
180
64 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$76,160
450
65 Manufacturing
$76,070
1,230
66 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$75,880
50
67 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$75,870
160
68 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$75,420
360
69 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$74,690
230
70 Social Advocacy Organizations
$74,420
80
71 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$73,020
30
72 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$72,830
4,290
73 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$72,730
270
74 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$72,420
280
75 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$72,150
1,190
76 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$71,830
900
77 Educational Services - Local government owned
$71,230
60
78 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$69,460
190
79 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$69,340
3,840
80 Radio Broadcasting
$69,160
60
81 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$68,660
280
82 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$68,500
40
83 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$67,640
470
84 Furniture Stores
$66,770
40
85 Retail Trade
$65,250
1,190
86 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$65,160
490
87 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$64,920
60
88 Educational Services - Privately owned
$64,530
440
89 Printing and Related Support Activities
$64,160
600
90 Educational Services
$63,530
720
91 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$61,130
210
92 Educational Services - State government owned
$61,070
210
93 Sound Recording Industries
$60,970
60
94 Performing Arts Companies
$59,810
290
95 State government, including schools and hospitals
$58,950
260
96 Other Schools and Instruction
$55,580
110
97 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$55,350
110
98 Civic and Social Organizations
$55,200
30
99 Newspaper Publishers
$54,860
950
100 Religious Organizations
$54,540
40
See also: Highest paying cities for art directors.