Training Requirements for Art Directors

Art directors need a bachelor's degree and 5 years or more experience.

Degrees for Art directors
Percent
Less than High School 2.1
High School 10.7
Some College 19.7
Associates Degree 8.8
Bachelors Degree 45.7
Masters Degree 11.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.7

Employment Outlook for Art Directors

This represents about 74,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 1,000 more art directors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 15,000 more.

Typical Income for Art Directors

Hourly Income

On average,art directors make $48.64 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Art directors $23.39 $31.04 $43.18 $59.74 $80.00
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $10.20 $14.69 $22.69 $34.33 $49.69
Art and design workers $10.60 $14.27 $21.35 $31.59 $45.20
Artists and related workers $16.00 $23.32 $33.69 $47.92 $64.66
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, art directors make $101,170 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Art directors $48,660 $64,570 $89,820 $124,260 $166,400
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $21,210 $30,560 $47,190 $71,410 $103,360
Art and design workers $22,050 $29,690 $44,410 $65,700 $94,010
Artists and related workers $33,280 $48,500 $70,080 $99,680 $134,490
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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