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Art Director Average Salary in Italy 2023

How much money does an Art Director make in Italy?

Average Monthly Salary
3,600 EUR
( 43,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as an Art Director in Italy typically earns around 3,600 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,660 EUR (lowest) to 5,730 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Art Director salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Art Director Salary Distribution in Italy

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Art Director salaries in Italy range from 1,660 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,730 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,890 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Art Director(s) are earning less than 3,890 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,890 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Art Director(s) are earning less than 2,500 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,500 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Art Director(s) are earning less than 5,190 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,190 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Art Director Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Art Director salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Art Director with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,880 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,510 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,710 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Art Director(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,530 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,930 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,340 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Art Director average salary change by experience in Italy

0 - 2 Years
1,880 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,510 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,710 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,530 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,930 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,340 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Art Director Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Art Director(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Art Director salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Art Director is 2,310 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,720 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,940 EUR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 5,160 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Art Director average salary difference by education level in Italy

High School
2,310 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
2,720 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
3,940 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
5,160 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Italy costs anywhere from 18,200 Euro(s) to 54,700 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Art Director Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Art Director employees in Italy earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,730 EUR
3,480 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Italy for all Careers

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Art Director Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Italy

How much are annual salary increments in Italy for Art Director(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Art Director(s) in Italy are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Italy / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Italy is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Italy for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Art Director Bonus and Incentive Rates in Italy

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Italy Art Director
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An Art Director is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Art Director Average Hourly Wage in Italy

21 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Italy is 21 EUR. This means that the average Art Director in Italy earns approximately 21 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Art Director VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Art Director and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Italy
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The average salary for Art Director is 5% more than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive4,190 EUR+16%
Advertising Account Manager4,540 EUR+26%
Advertising Account Planner2,270 EUR-37%
Advertising Coordinator3,130 EUR-13%
Advertising Manager6,360 EUR+77%
Advertising Operations Manager6,280 EUR+74%
Advertising Strategic Planner4,200 EUR+17%
Advertising Team Leader3,640 EUR+1%
Animator2,610 EUR-28%
Art Director3,600 EUR-0%
Artist3,050 EUR-15%
Artworker2,250 EUR-38%
Assistant Art Director2,850 EUR-21%
Audiosual Technician2,170 EUR-40%
Broadcast Administrator3,920 EUR+9%
Catering Sales2,330 EUR-35%
Catering Trainer2,730 EUR-24%
Commercial and Industrial Designer2,160 EUR-40%
Conference Organiser2,810 EUR-22%
Content and Media Production Lead4,450 EUR+24%
CopyWriter2,530 EUR-30%
Creative Designer2,790 EUR-23%
Creative Director3,730 EUR+4%
Designer 2,130 EUR-41%
Desktop Publisher1,830 EUR-49%
Director of Graphic Design3,580 EUR-1%
Events and Promotions Manager6,170 EUR+71%
Exhibit Display Coordinator2,930 EUR-19%
Exhibit Display Manager3,920 EUR+9%
Finisher2,050 EUR-43%
Graphic Artist2,340 EUR-35%
Graphic Designer2,440 EUR-32%
Graphics Design Supervisor3,300 EUR-8%
Imagery Analyst2,180 EUR-39%
Imaging Technologist2,190 EUR-39%
Interaction Designer1,900 EUR-47%
Media Planner3,200 EUR-11%
Media Production Coordinator2,970 EUR-18%
Media Production Manager4,860 EUR+35%
Media Project Manager4,940 EUR+37%
Media Relations Representative4,370 EUR+21%
Media Sales Executive5,110 EUR+42%
Multimedia Specialist2,190 EUR-39%
Photographer2,170 EUR-40%
PPC Campaign Manager3,710 EUR+3%
Print Production Manager4,290 EUR+19%
Product and Brand Manager6,210 EUR+72%
Sales Promotion Manager5,650 EUR+57%
Sketch Artist2,660 EUR-26%
Social Media Executive4,640 EUR+29%
Technical Typist1,630 EUR-55%
User Experience UX Designer2,560 EUR-29%
UX Designer2,270 EUR-37%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bologna3,560 EUR
Catania3,580 EUR
Genova3,850 EUR
Milano3,880 EUR
Napoli3,980 EUR
Palermo3,770 EUR
Parma3,300 EUR
Rome4,190 EUR
Torino4,070 EUR
Trieste3,540 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Italy earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,540 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,740 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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