|Quick Facts: Art Directors
$105,180 per year
$50.57 per hour
|5 years or more
|6% (Faster than average)
Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.
Most art directors are self-employed. Others work for advertising and public relations firms, newspaper and magazine publishers, motion picture and video industries, and specialized design services firms.
Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry, art directors may have previously worked as graphic designers, illustrators, copy editors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation.
The median annual wage for art directors was $105,180 in May 2022.
Employment of art directors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 13,800 openings for art directors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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