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Art Directors in Illinois

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

4.3% Jobs Projection
$90,880 Median Salary
290 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Art Directors in Illinois is growing slower than average.

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

How Many Art Directors Work in Illinois?

In 2018, there were 2,080 Art Directors working in the state.

There were 2,300 Art Directors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 220 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Art Directors in this state are growing at a rate of 4.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 5.4%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 290 annual job openings, and a total of 3,650 jobs for Illinois Art Directors in 2026.

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

What do Art Directors Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Art Directors ranged from $52,950 to $155,920 with $90,880 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25.46 to $74.96. The median hourly rate was $43.69.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $40.87 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $2.82.

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


Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,010 $90,430
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 $82,440

Top States for Art Directors Employment

View the list below to see 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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