Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

For VPs and Creative Directors, annual average wages total $153K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. VPs and Creative Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Most VPs and Creative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$95,591 - $206,915
$96K
$150K
$210K
MEDIAN: $152,833
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$95,591 - $206,915  
   
Bonus
$3,439 - $49,132  
Profit Sharing
$13,000  
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$98,367 - $236,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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.

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Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Tasks

  • Assure services are in compliance with professional, company policy standards and brand execution requirements.
  • Serve as a member of senior management team.
  • Plan, direct and set the strategic direction of the creative services marketing program.
  • Direct the creative staff in effective and efficient use of design development phases.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with outside promotional agencies, vendors and customers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP) & Creative Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $104K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $163K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $159K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $158,640

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

New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the three largest American cities, are home to some of the highest salaries for VPs and Creative Directors; they all offer salaries above the field's national average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Vice President (VP) & Creative Director?

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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Key Stats for Vice President (VP) & Creative Director

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
48%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$159,000

Mid-Career
▼26%

Entry-Level
▼34%

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

Creative Direction
▲5%

Branding
▲1%

National Average
$159,000

Design
▼3%

Strategic Marketing
▼5%

People Management
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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