The average pay for a Creative Director, Advertising is $86,510 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$42,980 - $170,653
MEDIAN: $86,510

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$42,980 - $170,653  
$-0.49 - $83,384  
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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).
$40,919 - $175,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Creative Director, Advertising

Creative directors for advertising hold a management position that is frequently found at advertising agencies and other organizations that conduct significant advertising operations. They are responsible for leading a team of advertisers in the delivery of creative products and services for their clients. Creative directors collaborate with their organization's graphic design and copywriting staff to ensure the advertising products created for clients meet those clients' needs and the expectations of the managers in their organization. These directors must collaborate with executives and the heads of other departments, as well as important clients.


Creative Director, Advertising Tasks

  • Work with account managers to identify client’s advertising needs.
  • Coordinate and manage the work of artists, copy writers, and editors, and direct campaign planning and execution.
  • Oversee the operation of the creative department and ensure projects stay on schedule and within budget.
  • Present clients with proposals for advertising campaigns and ensure the final product meets the client’s expectations.

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Experience Affects Creative Director, Advertising Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Creative Director, Advertising Salaries

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National Average

Marketing Communications
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


39 %
61 %

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: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%