A substantial slice of final earnings for Chief Creative Officers (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $159K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Chief Creative Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Chief Creative Officers (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,719 - $299,244  
   
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$0.00 - $50,200  
Profit Sharing
$10,113  
Commission
$55,000  
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$80,300 - $313,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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.

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Chief Creative Officer Tasks

  • Serve as a member of senior management team.
  • Plan, direct and set the strategic direction of the creative services marketing program.
  • Direct the creative staff in effective and efficient use of design development phases.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with outside promotional agencies, vendors and customers.
  • Plan and direct the creative services marketing program.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Creative Officer

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $97K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $92K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $166K on average. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $197K.

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Key Stats for Chief Creative Officer

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$159,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 42%

Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Creative Direction
up arrow 4%

National Average
$159,000

Design
up arrow 13%

Branding
up arrow 18%

Graphic Design
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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