Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

VPs and Creative Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $141K per year on average. Final cash compensation to VPs and Creative Directors varies from around $95K to approximately $237K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $41K and $50K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most VPs and Creative Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of VPs and Creative Directors (68 percent) who took the survey are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$88,365 - $206,237
MEDIAN: $140,858

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$88,365 - $206,237  
$2,035 - $40,805  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,665  
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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).
$95,371 - $236,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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Job Description for Vice President (VP) & Creative Director

A creative director handles the creative aspect of any product development process. This position is available in many types of industries, ranging from entertainment to software development. Specifically, the music industry, the fashion industry, and the web design industry have been known to recruit creative directors that can handle being placed in higher management to become a vice president (VP) and creative director.


Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Tasks

  • Direct the creative staff in effective and efficient use of design development phases.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with outside promotional agencies, vendors and customers.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Assure services are in compliance with professional, company policy standards and brand execution requirements.
  • Serve as a member of senior management team.

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Vice President (VP) & Creative Director in New York:
Pros: Diversity of Projects. International Projects. High level interaction. Resume Strengthening. Reputation Established. Mix of Personal and Professional time/ travel. Travel Perks.
Cons: High Stakes and Pressure. Very hard to get off the clock. Mix of Personal and Professional time/ travel. Corporate Culture is complex.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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People Management
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Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


32 %
68 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%