National » Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media » Art Directors » Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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
$37,220
25th Percentile Wage
$50,060
50th Percentile Wage
$63,820
75th Percentile Wage
$101,410
90th Percentile Wage
$140,930

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 $140,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid art directors is $37,220.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of art directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,820
-6.41% -10.28%
2016
$67,910
0.72% -
2015
$67,420
-7.02% -
2014
$72,150
-0.12% -
2013
$72,240
2.57% -
2012
$70,380
- -

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

The average salaries of art directors in eleven 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, gambling, and recreation industries industry with an annual salary $105,640. The lowest paying industry is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry (annual salary $53,850). For detailed art director salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$105,640
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$104,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$84,120
Spectator Sports
$74,820
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$68,230
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$68,230
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$65,740
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$64,560
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$62,450
Performing Arts Companies
$57,320
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$53,850

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




Related:

Highest paying cities for art directors

Highest paying industries for art directors.