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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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. 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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of art directors from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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|
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|South Carolina|| |