Chief Creative Officer Salary

Chief Creative Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $151K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Male Chief Creative Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,928 - $297,047
(Median)
$72K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $150,571
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$71,928 - $297,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,335  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Commission
$39,000  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$78,701 - $347,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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

  • 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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Survey takers who work as Chief Creative Officers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Creative Direction, Branding, and Graphic Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Graphic Design and Branding 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.


For many Chief Creative Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $89K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $92K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $169K. Chief Creative Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $218K.

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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$168,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 45%

Entry-Level
up arrow 47%

Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

National Average
$168,000

Creative Direction
up arrow 2%

Branding
up arrow 23%

Graphic Design
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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