Friday Buzz: Association Art Directors Make Bank

A new report from Folio magazine indicates that the job of art-directing an association magazine may be getting harder, but it pays well. Also: How often should you market via different channels?

For magazine art directors in the association world, there’s a bit of a silver lining inside an otherwise dire new report.

Folio magazine’s “2015 Art & Production Salary Survey,” whose results were released Friday, found that art directors for association magazines received significantly higher compensation than their counterparts in the consumer and business-to-business (B2B) publishing spaces. The average base salary for association art directors in 2015 was $77,600, nearly $7,000 more than an art director at a consumer publication was likely to make and nearly $16,000 more than an art director at a B2B. In addition, other forms of cash compensation were significantly higher for association art directors ($17,300 on average, bringing total compensation to $94,900) than the industry as a whole ($4,700 on average).

The level also reflects a significant shift in fortunes for the association space. Two years ago, art directors at consumer magazines made more in base salary than their association counterparts.

The overall study, however, was a bit more negative in its findings, with respondents as a whole sharing mixed feelings about compensation—especially in light of the additional duties they’ve been asked to take on in a time of staff consolidation.

“I think I’m paid okay for the market, but have taken on a lot of new things. Being print centric, I am happy to continue to be employed,” a production director told the magazine.

The study also touched on issues of gender gaps in the publishing industry, as well as geographic differences in pay.

A Matter of Frequency


As a nonprofit marketer, how often should you touch your various communication outlets? This little infographic from Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog, based on the site’s “2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report,” offers a nice reminder of the differing frequencies needed for different kinds of communication.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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