Chief Creative Officer Salary

Average pay for Chief Creative Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($151K). Male Chief Creative Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$60,820 - $282,564
MEDIAN: $151,128

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$60,820 - $282,564  
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$76,442 - $339,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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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Survey takers who work as Chief Creative Officers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Creative Direction, Branding, and Graphic Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Branding and Creative Direction also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Chief Creative Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Chief Creative Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $88K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $90K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $168K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $226K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Creative Direction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


42 %
58 %

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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%