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What should a Senior AD/ACD art director be making in San Francisco? Looking to move there from Atlanta and want to know what a standard salary is.

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You may want to stick around to get that title first. No one is going to recognize a forthcoming promotion as evidence of you having experience at the ACD level. It’s an automatic pay jump of at least 10-20%. Especially without any major award shows. Hopefully you have a killer book and just worked at shops that don’t believe in entering award shows. Good luck.

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140-160

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It all depends on the shop. Lots of smaller shops in SF don’t pay shit. Same with hotter shops. Awards will help but not a ton. Years of experience is the biggest differentiator. Sr level pay is significantly lower than ACD pay. Most Sr level pay tops out at 125-135 for someone with awards and a good number of years. The large network shops usually pay the most but they don’t do the best work. It’s a trade off. Be prepared, rent is crazy in SF. 1BR in decent area is about 3500/mo. Studio in not so great area is at least $2500.

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For content: 8 years experience, no major awards (a few addys), Senior AD now with promotion coming in October. Applying to both senior AD and ACD positions

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