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Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

VPs and Creative Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $138K per year on average. Total cash compensation to VPs and Creative Directors bottoms out near $85K and approaches $243K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $41K from bonuses and almost $50K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of VPs and Creative Directors (67 percent) survey respondents. Most VPs and Creative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$81,711 - $207,481
MEDIAN: $137,621

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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.
$81,711 - $207,481  
$1,946 - $40,746  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,000  
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).
$85,426 - $243,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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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VPs and Creative Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Design and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

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National Average

up arrow 30%

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

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People Management
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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%