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The BLS reports the median annual wage for art directors was $80,880 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $162,800, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $43,870. The highest-paid work is in the metropolitan areas of New York, San Francisco and Richmond, Va.

Job Salary Year
2004 $49,380.00
2006 $62,910.00
2008 $74,860.00
2010 $88,470.00
2012 $94,260.00

Average Art Director Pay vs. All Creative Jobs

Art directors make an average annual wage that's higher than other creative jobs on our list. For example, an art director's average annual wage is $94,260, compared to an architect's average wage of $78,690 and a public relations specialist's average wage of $61,980.

Job Name Salary
Art Director $80,880.00
Architect $73,090.00
Public Relations Specialist $54,170.00

Best Paying Cities for Art Directors

The highest paid in the art director profession work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, San Francisco, and Richmond, Virginia. The Nashville, Tennessee area also pays well, as does the city of Los Angeles.

New York City

Average Salary: $130,690 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an art director working in New York City is $130,690, which is $49,810 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $123,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an art director working in San Francisco is $123,310, which is $42,430 more than the average pay in the profession.

Richmond, Virginia

Average Salary: $122,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an art director working in Richmond, Virginia is $122,540, which is $41,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nashville, Tennessee

Average Salary: $119,710 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an art director working in Nashville, Tennessee is $119,710, which is $38,830 more than the average pay in the profession.

Los Angeles

Average Salary: $118,590 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an art director working in Los Angeles is $118,590, which is $37,710 more than the average pay in the profession.

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