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Advertising art director Average UK Salary & Prospects

Art directors design the visual side of advertising campaigns for all kinds of media including film, TV, web or print.

  • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.  
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.  
  • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client
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Advertising art directors typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Advertising art director you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
72,139 GBP *
per year
18,000 GBP
100,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Advertising art director

Men make 19% more than Women
100% of Advertising art directors are men
Big gender gap
  • 77,761 GBP
  • 63,240 GBP
Average salary for full-time Advertising art director

  • 72,139 GBP
  • 63,240 GBP
  • 77,761 GBP
Pay over time for Advertising art director

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 84,668 GBP
  • 67,993 GBP
  • 63,766 GBP
  • 62,037 GBP
  • 67,423 GBP
  • 72,139 GBP

Future outlook for Advertising art directors

Balanced outlook
Fair outlook
-6% yearly wage growth (on average)

Advertising art director - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Advertising art director and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 74% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 17% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 9% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Advertising art director interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. Achievement/Effort Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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