Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for VPs and Creative Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $139K per year. Overall cash earnings for VPs and Creative Directors stretch from $90K on the lower end to $238K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $41K from bonuses and $50K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most VPs and Creative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of VPs and Creative Directors (67 percent) survey respondents are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$85,348 - $204,533
MEDIAN: $138,877

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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.
$85,348 - $204,533  
$1,952 - $41,346  
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).
$90,440 - $237,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design.

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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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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 38 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: 62% employee benefits None: 10%