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Art Director Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for art directors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of art directors amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Art Directors in California

Percentile BracketAverage 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 in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $198,470. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $118,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,900.

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
1.85% 17.41%
5.19% -
4.08% -
5.48% -
2.11% -
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Art Directors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of art directors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of art directors in state of California ranges from $65,040 to $131,620. The highest paying area for art directors in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $131,620. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $126,680). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $65,040.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
Santa Rosa-Petaluma


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