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What are typical art director salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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Chris in Denver, Colorado

95 months ago

Not enough

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Robin in Basalt, Colorado

91 months ago

Art director salaries seem to have dropped since one now has to know so much more! It seems like anyone with a Mac and Adobe CS2 installed thinks they can be a designer. The profession is becoming diluted big time. SO diluted that I am seriously thinking of leaving it behind!

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Dave in Youngstown, Ohio

91 months ago

Host said: What are typical art director salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?
What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

It's a tough field now - too many designers. The biggest thing now is learning the web-based programs like Flash and Dreamweaver. Don't even bank on print work. I'm a print person and I'm getting obsolete now.

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Fabricio branco in Salvador, Brazil

90 months ago

You should choose the right friends, as ever, in any job, to grow up together, that's the truth, even if they are not the most qualified people to be in the business.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

88 months ago

Starting salary is 20 to 35. Don't worry about were you start.
You will jump jobs alot early.

Average salaries in the 50's. Top art directors 70 plus.

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Veteran in Houston, Texas

83 months ago

In Dallas, TX:

Production Artist: $30k to $45k
Associate Art Director: $40k to $45k
Art Director: $45k to $55k
Sr. Art Director: $60 to $80k
Associate Creative Director: $70k to $90k
Creative Director: $110k to $150k
Executive Creative Director: $180k to $200k

to all positions: + benefits and bonus.

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Burgeious in Sydney, Australia

69 months ago

Some art directors get a lot more than that. I knew one on 220k. He was well awarded.

This is advertising art director tho, not a designer calling himself an art director.

There's a lot more to it in advertising than just making stuff look pretty.

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