Creative Director Salary

Creative Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $43K to $160K per year, median earnings come to $83K per year. The range in cash compensation to Creative Directors (largely between $43K and $160K) includes potential earnings of $20K from bonuses, $23K from profit sharing, and commissions of $40K in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. There are more male Creative Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,534 - $149,914

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$13.82 - $99.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$44,534 - $149,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,187  
Profit Sharing
$1,033 - $23,387  
Commission
$4,797 - $39,866  
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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$43,166 - $159,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,035
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $99.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,187  
   
Commission
$4,797 - $39,866  
Profit Sharing
$1,033 - $23,387  
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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$43,166 - $159,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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Job Description for Creative Director

The Creative Director is a position found in industries where expression and creativity are required, such as music, fashion, graphic design, advertising, film, entertainment, and media.

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Creative Director Tasks

  • Coordinate with relevant departments on all promotions productions.
  • Develop and manage creative teams to promote product brands.
  • Develop and manage creative ideas.
  • Develop and produce promotional spots.

Common Career Paths for Creative Director


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Creative Directors do not often transition into Executive Creative Director roles. The role averages $163K per year. A VP or Creative Director role is the most common promotion for Creative Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $139K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Creative Directors is a Creative Services Director position, where earnings are usually $76K.

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Popular Skills for Creative Director


Survey results imply that Creative Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Team Leadership, Advertising, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. Employees educated in Adobe Illustrator are typically practiced in Adobe Photoshop, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. Creative Directors bring in $99K after working for 10 to 20 years. Creative Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Creative Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Creative Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+42 percent), Boston (+36 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), and Seattle (+24 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and San Diego (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Creative Director Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Creative Director Salaries






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$85,000








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 564 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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