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Art Directors in California

Is California a good place for you to work as an Art Director?

6.9% Jobs Projection
$118,660 Median Salary
1,400 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Art Directors in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Art Directors in California is growing faster than average.

  • Art Directors in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Art Directors Work in California?

In California, there were 7,620 people working as Art Directors in the year 2018.

There were 6,920 Art Directors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 700 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 415 Art Directors working in it, which means California has more Art Directors than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Art Directors in this state are growing at a rate of 6.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 5.4%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,400 annual job openings, and 17,100 total jobs in 2026 for Art Directors in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 7,700 annual jobs and 95,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Art Directors Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Art Directors ranged from $61,440 to $201,780 with $118,660 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $29.54 to $97.01. The median hourly rate was $57.05.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $57.04 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.01.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Art Directors

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Art Directors.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,120 $118,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 $132,050
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 $110,170
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 $102,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 180 $82,450
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 120 $64,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 90 n/a
Santa Rosa, CA 80 $75,990
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 n/a
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 n/a

Top States for Art Directors Employment

The table below shows the states where most Art Directors work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York 8,320 $108,470
California 7,620 $118,660
Texas 2,090 $72,080
Illinois 2,080 $90,880
Florida 1,620 $69,060
Massachusetts 1,310 $90,910
Pennsylvania 1,110 $84,760
Ohio 1,100 $79,300
Michigan 1,040 $79,280
New Jersey 1,030 $100,060
Minnesota 960 $89,150
Oregon 960 $96,660
Missouri 850 $82,350
Washington 830 $102,440
District of Columbia 760 $72,650
Georgia 730 $96,810
Connecticut 570 $89,940
Colorado 570 $80,680
Wisconsin 560 $73,420
Arizona 550 $69,560

Below are the states where Art Directors get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $118,660
New York $108,470
New Mexico $104,080
Washington $102,440
New Jersey $100,060
Maine $97,230
Georgia $96,810
Oregon $96,660
Utah $95,210
Alaska $90,910

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