Art Director Salary Information

The salary statistics of art directors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of art directors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The art directors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Art Director Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,660
25th Percentile Wage
$64,570
50th Percentile Wage
$89,820
75th Percentile Wage
$124,260
90th Percentile Wage
$166,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for art directors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) art directors is $166,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,660. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 241% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of art directors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201689,8200.07%9.95%
201589,7604.62%-
201485,6103.05%-
201383,0002.55%-
201280,880--

Table 2. Art Director Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of art directors in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for art directors occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $99,820. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$99,820
Information
$93,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$93,170
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,630
Finance and Insurance
$91,040
Wholesale Trade
$86,780
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$86,540
Retail Trade
$86,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$84,400
Manufacturing
$83,400
Health Care and Social Assistance
$81,150
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,780
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$67,910
Educational Services
$67,490

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Art Directors by States

From the above tables we note that not only art directors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of art directors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $46,390 to $116,450. The highest paying state for art directors is California with a median annual salary of $116,450. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $46,390. For more salary information of art directors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$116,450
New York
$109,790
Missouri
$102,320
Washington
$97,350
Massachusetts
$92,430
New Jersey
$91,460
Louisiana
$87,520
Georgia
$85,310
Utah
$82,860
Oregon
$82,020
Virginia
$80,550
Ohio
$79,520
Delaware
$79,300
Wisconsin
$79,300
Maryland
$79,120
District of Columbia
$78,540
Nevada
$78,490
North Carolina
$78,100
Texas
$77,970
Michigan
$77,850
Colorado
$77,490
Illinois
$77,390
Florida
$77,000
New Hampshire
$76,940
Kentucky
$74,990
Connecticut
$74,900
Vermont
$73,480
Minnesota
$73,230
North Dakota
$71,590
Alabama
$71,470
Iowa
$71,360
Pennsylvania
$70,930
Rhode Island
$69,070
Maine
$67,390
Nebraska
$66,940
Arizona
$63,190
Tennessee
$63,080
Indiana
$61,210
Arkansas
$60,140
New Mexico
$59,300
Kansas
$58,600
Idaho
$57,760
Oklahoma
$56,050
Hawaii
$54,070
Puerto Rico
$48,540
South Carolina
$46,590
Mississippi
$46,390


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