Chief Creative Officer Salary

Salaries for Chief Creative Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($151K) per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more male Chief Creative Officers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 60 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$61,825 - $258,457
MEDIAN: $151,128

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$61,825 - $258,457  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$77,185 - $318,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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Job Description for Chief Creative Officer

Chief creative officers supervise their organization's creative staff, typically working for communications, media or advertising agencies or firms. These executives must be experts in building or creating their company’s brands using traditional and digital media, including through a detailed understanding of relevant business strategies and consumer preferences. Chief creative officers must ensure that their creative team is effective, efficient and staffed appropriately; they are involved in selecting, interviewing and hiring members of their creative team, as well as providing timely feedback to staff and conducting performance evaluations in accordance with their company’s policies and guidelines.


Chief Creative Officer Tasks

  • Manage outside promotional agencies, vendors and inquiries.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Assure services are in compliance with professional, company policy standards and brand execution requirements.
  • Direct and mentor the creative staff in effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Plan and direct the creative services marketing program.

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Chief Creative Officers usually report a few specific skills. Graphic Design and Branding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Branding and Graphic Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Creative Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Chief Creative Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $89K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $90K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $172K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $230K.

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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


40 %
60 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%