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Art Director Salary

National Average
$16,000 $78,781 /year $131,500
$38 /hour
National Average
$1,333 $6,565 /month $10,958
$38 /hour
National Average
$308 $1,515 /week $2,529
$38 /hour
National Average
$7.69 $38 /hour $63.22
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $111,000 $9,250 $2,134 $53
75th Percentile $91,500 $7,625 $1,759 $44
Average $78,781 $6,565 $1,515 $38
25th Percentile $60,500 $5,041 $1,163 $29
Art Director Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does an Art Director make?

As of May 16, 2022, the average annual pay for an Art Director in the United States is $78,781 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $37.88 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,515/week or $6,565/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $131,500 and as low as $16,000, the majority of Art Director salaries currently range between $60,500 (25th percentile) to $91,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $111,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for an Art Director varies greatly (by as much as $31,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Art Director job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. An Art Director in your area makes on average $81,431 per year, or $2,650 (3%) more than the national average annual salary of $78,781. Virginia ranks number 4 out of 50 states nationwide for Art Director salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Art Director jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as an Art Director on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Art Director Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for an Art Director job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Jose, CA, with Oakland, CA and Tanaina, AK close behind in the second and third positions. Tanaina, AK beats the national average by $15,311 (19.4%), and San Jose, CA furthers that trend with another $16,785 (21.3%) above the $78,781 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as an Art Director appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 4% between San Jose, CA and Concord, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for an Art Director role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Jose, CA$95,567$7,964$1,838$45.95
Oakland, CA$94,480$7,873$1,817$45.42
Tanaina, AK$94,093$7,841$1,809$45.24
Wasilla, AK$94,091$7,841$1,809$45.24
Hayward, CA$92,501$7,708$1,779$44.47
Jackson, WY$92,402$7,700$1,777$44.42
Norwalk, CT$92,159$7,680$1,772$44.31
Seattle, WA$91,864$7,655$1,767$44.17
Vallejo, CA$91,842$7,653$1,766$44.15
Concord, CA$91,646$7,637$1,762$44.06

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Art Director Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Art Director job category that pay more per year than a typical Art Director salary. Top examples of these roles include: Technical Art Director, Freelance Art Director, and Senior Art Director.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $14,255 (18.1%) and $28,314 (35.9%) more than the average Art Director salary of $78,781. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Art Director jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Art Director position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Technical Art Director$107,095$8,925$2,060$51.49
Freelance Art Director$103,866$8,656$1,997$49.94
Senior Art Director$97,646$8,137$1,878$46.95
Remote Senior Art Director$94,422$7,868$1,816$45.40
Group Art Supervisor$93,036$7,753$1,789$44.73
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.