Chief Creative Officer Salary

Chief Creative Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $150K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,170 - $301,335
$72K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $149,674
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Salary $72,170 - $301,335
Bonus $0.00 - $48,936
Profit Sharing $9,916
Commission $27,000
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$72,861 - $331,782
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 73

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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

  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Creative Officer

Pay by Experience for a Chief Creative Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Creative Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Creative Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Chief Creative Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $163,000 based on 48 salaries. A Chief Creative Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $194,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $157,089

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Chief Creative Officers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Creative Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent) and San Francisco (+5 percent).

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Q: What is it like working as a Chief Creative Officer?

Chief Creative Officer in Los Angeles:
"Strategic and creative."
Pros: Creatively fulfilling. Strategically challenging and rewarding.
Cons: Stress level.

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Key Stats for Chief Creative Officer

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$157,000

Mid-Career
▼40%

Entry-Level
▼41%

Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Creative Direction
▲5%

National Average
$157,000

Branding
▼17%

Design
▼27%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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