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Chief Creative Officer Salary

Chief Creative Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $150K) surpassing six figures annually. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Chief Creative Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Chief Creative Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$69,810 - $257,041
MEDIAN: $149,902

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$69,810 - $257,041  
$0.00 - $51,918  
Profit Sharing
$4,913 - $10,323  
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).
$75,814 - $314,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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Job Description for Chief Creative Officer

Chief creative officers ensure that services are in compliance with professional company policy standards as well as brand execution requirements. They are also responsible for managing and maintaining relationships with outside agencies, vendors, and customers or clients. Additionally, they direct and mentor the creative staff in effectively and efficiently using resources and design development phases. Chief creative officers manage inquiries from outside promotional agencies and vendors and oversee staff operations as well as business planning and budget development. They also plan and direct the marketing program for creative services and set the program's strategic direction.


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 typically report just a few professional skills. Graphic Design and Branding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Branding and Graphic Design, 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $88K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $90K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $170K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $230K.

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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.


41 %
59 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%