Chief Creative Officer Salary

Salaries for Chief Creative Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($151K) per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Chief Creative Officers making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,928 - $297,047
MEDIAN: $150,571

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$71,928 - $297,047  
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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.


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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Chief Creative Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $89K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $92K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $169K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $218K.

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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 18 votes.


43 %
57 %

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