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Art Director Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of art directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare art director salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Art Directors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,140
25th Percentile Wage
$51,840
50th Percentile Wage
$67,910
75th Percentile Wage
$105,160
90th Percentile Wage
$134,090

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for art directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. 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 $134,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid art directors is $36,140.

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 arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201667,9100.72%-3.64%
201567,420-7.02%-
201472,150-0.12%-
201372,2402.57%-
201270,380--

Compare Art Director Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of art directors in ten industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation 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 amusement parks and arcades industry with an annual salary $104,950. The lowest paying industry is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry (annual salary $55,900). For detailed art director salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$104,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$93,390
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$92,190
Spectator Sports
$76,060
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$69,650
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$68,950
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$68,950
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$66,470
Performing Arts Companies
$58,290
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$55,900

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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