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Creative Director Salary

With approximately two-thirds of Creative Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Creative Directors is $82K annually and can range from $43K on the lower end to $154K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Creative Directors range from $43K on the low end to $154K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $24K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the particular employer. Men make up the majority of Creative Directors (63 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$43,821 - $146,047
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MEDIAN: $81,692
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$13.36 - $97.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$43,821 - $146,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,905  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $23,757  
Commission
$1,600 - $37,500  
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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$43,032 - $154,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,665
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$13.36 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $71.16  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,905  
   
Commission
$1,600 - $37,500  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $23,757  
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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$43,032 - $154,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Creative Directors move into roles as Executive Creative Directors, where pay is an average $160K per year. The most common career progression for Creative Directors leads to becoming a VP or Creative Director, where average pay is $138K annually. However, many Creative Directors also opt to become Creative Services Directors. Typically, a Creative Services Director brings home $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, Copywriting, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Director

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


Creative Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $73K. Creative Directors bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Creative Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Creative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+43 percent), Boston (+42 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Creative Director Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Creative Director Salaries






Design
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Branding
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Marketing Communications
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Web Design
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National Average
$83,000

Product Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 632 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 18%