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Art Director Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does an Art Director make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
54,600 EUR
( 4,550 EUR monthly)


A person working as an Art Director in France typically earns around 54,600 EUR per year. Salaries range from 28,400 EUR (lowest) to 83,600 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 France

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

  • Salary Range

    Art Director salaries in France range from 28,400 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 83,600 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 52,400 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Art Director(s) are earning less than 52,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 52,400 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 36,400 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 36,400 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Art Director(s) are earning less than 65,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 65,300 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 32,300 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 43,300 EUR per year, 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 56,300 EUR per year, 30% 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 68,100 EUR per year, 21% 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 74,500 EUR per year, 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 78,300 EUR per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Art Director average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
32,300 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
43,300 EUR
5 - 10 Years+30%
56,300 EUR
10 - 15 Years+21%
68,100 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
74,500 EUR
20+ Years+5%
78,300 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 38,900 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 44,400 EUR per year, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 62,600 EUR per year, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 75,800 EUR per year, 21% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Art Director average salary difference by education level in France

High School
38,900 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+14%
44,400 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+41%
62,600 EUR
Master's Degree+21%
75,800 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 France costs anywhere from 25,400 Euro(s) to 76,100 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Art Director Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly France Art Director
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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 France earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

53,200 EUR
56,400 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Art Director Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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

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Art Director(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

France / All Professions

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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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2019. 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 France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France 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.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Art Director employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
59,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
62,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Art Director Salary Trend and Forecast in France

How are Art Director salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly France Art Director
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Average Salary 2016
48,500 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
50,300 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
51,200 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
52,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Art Director salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Art Director Average Hourly Wage in France

26 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 26 EUR. This means that the average Art Director in France earns approximately 26 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 yearly France
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The average salary for Art Director is 2% more than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive57,800 EUR+6%
Advertising Account Manager45,300 EUR-17%
Advertising Account Planner45,500 EUR-17%
Advertising Coordinator51,300 EUR-6%
Advertising Manager73,400 EUR+34%
Advertising Operations Manager63,800 EUR+17%
Advertising Strategic Planner51,500 EUR-6%
Advertising Team Leader49,300 EUR-10%
Animator38,800 EUR-29%
Art Director54,600 EUR-0%
Artist50,100 EUR-8%
Artworker41,100 EUR-25%
Assistant Art Director48,300 EUR-12%
Audiosual Technician40,400 EUR-26%
Broadcast Administrator60,900 EUR+12%
Catering Sales40,300 EUR-26%
Catering Trainer55,300 EUR+1%
Commercial and Industrial Designer45,900 EUR-16%
Conference Organiser43,700 EUR-20%
Content and Media Production Lead54,100 EUR-1%
CopyWriter44,700 EUR-18%
Creative Designer56,700 EUR+4%
Creative Director57,800 EUR+6%
Designer 31,800 EUR-42%
Desktop Publisher41,200 EUR-25%
Director of Graphic Design58,300 EUR+7%
Events and Promotions Manager65,900 EUR+21%
Exhibit Display Coordinator46,700 EUR-14%
Exhibit Display Manager53,300 EUR-2%
Finisher38,600 EUR-29%
Graphic Artist53,000 EUR-3%
Graphic Designer42,000 EUR-23%
Graphics Design Supervisor50,300 EUR-8%
Imagery Analyst42,900 EUR-21%
Imaging Technologist41,800 EUR-23%
Interaction Designer36,100 EUR-34%
Media Planner51,400 EUR-6%
Media Production Coordinator47,500 EUR-13%
Media Production Manager49,900 EUR-9%
Media Project Manager48,700 EUR-11%
Media Relations Representative58,900 EUR+8%
Media Sales Executive61,300 EUR+12%
Multimedia Specialist42,600 EUR-22%
Photographer39,200 EUR-28%
PPC Campaign Manager53,900 EUR-1%
Print Production Manager55,200 EUR+1%
Product and Brand Manager73,100 EUR+34%
Sales Promotion Manager64,100 EUR+17%
Sketch Artist40,500 EUR-26%
Social Media Executive60,900 EUR+12%
Technical Typist48,700 EUR-11%
User Experience UX Designer45,000 EUR-18%
UX Designer41,200 EUR-25%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux54,200 EUR
Lille51,900 EUR
Lyon58,900 EUR
Marseille62,600 EUR
Montpellier54,700 EUR
Nantes55,200 EUR
Nice58,700 EUR
Paris65,000 EUR
Strasbourg55,200 EUR
Toulouse57,600 EUR
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