Creative Director Salary

Creative Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $83K annually, but may range from $43K to $159K per year. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $20K and a few commissions that surpass $39K, total incomes for Creative Directors generally vary between $43K and $159K according to individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Most Creative Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male Creative Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,205 - $149,022
(Median)
$44K
$83K
$150K
MEDIAN: $82,833
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$13.70 - $99.80
(Median)
$14
$29
$100
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$44,205 - $149,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,171  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $20,498  
Commission
$2,061 - $38,783  
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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$43,186 - $158,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,783
National Hourly Rate 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$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $99.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.04  
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 - $20,171  
   
Commission
$2,061 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $20,498  
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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$43,186 - $158,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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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 who advance into the role of an Executive Creative Director are fairly uncommon. Executive Creative Directors on average earn $162K per year. Going from Creative Director to VP or Creative Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $138K. Many others choose to work as Creative Services Directors, where pay is typically $76K.

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Popular Skills for Creative Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Team Leadership, Strategic Marketing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Creative Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $52K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Creative Directors make a median salary of $99K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Creative Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Creative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+42 percent), Boston (+38 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), and Seattle (+25 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Austin and 8 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Creative Director Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Creative Director Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 595 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
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: 50% employee benefits None: 18%