Creative Director with Graphic Design Skills Salary

Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $40K to $138K per year, median earnings come to $75K per year. Total cash compensation for Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills runs from $40K to $138K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $31K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Male Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,148 - $130,101
$41K
$75K
$130K
MEDIAN: $74,913
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90%

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$14.48 - $81.08
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$81
MEDIAN: $21.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,148 - $130,101  
   
Bonus
$1,011 - $16,432  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $30,913  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$39,508 - $138,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 801
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $81.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,011 - $16,432  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $30,913  
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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$39,508 - $138,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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Pay by Experience Level for Creative Director

Pay by Experience for a Creative Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Creative Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 211 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Creative Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Creative Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 432 salaries. A Creative Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 177 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,973

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+53 percent), New York (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), and Chicago (+31 percent). Creative Directors with Graphic Design skills in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (19 percent lower) and Phoenix (12 percent lower).

Key Stats for Creative Director

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Creative Director Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$75,000

▼10%

▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 21%
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