Art Director Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of art directors in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare art director salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Art Directors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for art directors in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) art directors is $125,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $86,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid art directors is $51,460.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of art directors in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Art Director Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of art directors in eight industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for art director occupations is the other miscellaneous store retailers industry with an annual salary $90,420. The lowest paying industry is the clothing stores industry (annual salary $47,330). For detailed art director salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Nonstore Retailers
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
General Merchandise Stores
Department Stores
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Clothing Stores

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


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