Chief Creative Officer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (more than a third) of final income for Chief Creative Officers. That final number averages out to $154K across the industry. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Chief Creative Officers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Most Chief Creative Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,000 - $300,515
$70K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $146,702
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$70,000 - $300,515  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $48,479  
Profit Sharing
$10,174  
Commission
$55,000  
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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$76,067 - $328,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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

  • 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.


Chief Creative Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Chief Creative Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $93K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $95K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $163K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $194K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $153,990

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

For those looking to make money, Chief Creative Officers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Chief Creative Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+11 percent) and San Francisco (+7 percent).

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Key Stats for Chief Creative Officer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$154,000

Mid-Career
▼38%

Entry-Level
▼39%

Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Creative Direction
▲7%

National Average
$154,000

Branding
▼16%

Design
▼25%


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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