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Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

Average pay for a VP or Creative Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $138K per year. Total cash compensation to VPs and Creative Directors bottoms out near $89K and approaches $242K 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are more male VPs and Creative Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs and Creative Directors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$83,798 - $206,627
MEDIAN: $138,423

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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.
$83,798 - $206,627  
$2,023 - $41,048  
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).
$88,761 - $242,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Design and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

up arrow 7%

National Average

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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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Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


33 %
68 %

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%