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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Art Director Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,130
25th Percentile Wage
$67,110
50th Percentile Wage
$92,500
75th Percentile Wage
$126,390
90th Percentile Wage
$170,230

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 $170,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,130. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 232% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of art directors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$92,500
2.90% 12.56%
2016
$89,820
0.07% -
2015
$89,760
4.62% -
2014
$85,610
3.05% -
2013
$83,000
2.55% -
2012
$80,880
- -

Table 2. Art Director Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of art directors in 16 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 information sector with an annual salary $99,110. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $63,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$99,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$98,600
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$96,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$94,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,780
Finance and Insurance
$90,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$86,390
Manufacturing
$86,220
Wholesale Trade
$86,160
Retail Trade
$84,490
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$82,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$81,710
Construction
$78,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,900
Educational Services
$69,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,820

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 $50,180 to $118,640. The highest paying state for art directors is California with a median annual salary of $118,640. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $50,180. For more salary information of art directors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$118,640
New York
$111,120
Washington
$96,200
Oregon
$96,200
New Jersey
$94,960
Alaska
$93,600
Missouri
$93,330
Utah
$93,090
Massachusetts
$92,240
Georgia
$90,360
New Mexico
$89,960
Delaware
$86,630
West Virginia
$86,180
Illinois
$85,010
North Carolina
$84,000
Connecticut
$83,960
Colorado
$81,250
Ohio
$80,700
Virginia
$80,560
Nevada
$80,450
Pennsylvania
$78,390
New Hampshire
$78,230
Texas
$77,860
Minnesota
$76,950
Rhode Island
$76,100
Alabama
$75,790
Wisconsin
$75,540
Florida
$75,490
Maryland
$75,440
Michigan
$74,790
District of Columbia
$74,480
Kentucky
$73,740
Vermont
$72,910
Nebraska
$69,260
Tennessee
$69,100
North Dakota
$68,380
Iowa
$67,540
Maine
$67,390
Indiana
$66,840
Kansas
$65,260
Louisiana
$63,850
Arkansas
$63,840
Idaho
$62,920
Arizona
$62,760
Hawaii
$62,550
Oklahoma
$61,330
South Carolina
$58,470
Puerto Rico
$50,220
Mississippi
$50,180



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