Chief Creative Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $148K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Chief Creative Officers making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$70,000 - $297,649
MEDIAN: $147,953

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$70,000 - $297,649  
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$75,496 - $309,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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

  • 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 $93K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $92K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $164K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $200K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 12 votes.


47 %
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 23%