|Quick Facts: Art Directors|
$94,220 per year
$45.30 per hour
|5 years or more|
|1% (Little or no change)|
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 $94,220 in May 2019.
Employment of art directors is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee workers who design artwork and layouts, but employment growth will be tempered by declines in the publishing industry.
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