Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

Average pay for a VP or Creative Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $142K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $49K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $94K and hits $248K on the high end. Career length 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. Men account for the majority of VPs and Creative Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for VPs and Creative Directors is high.

$88,369 - $205,050
MEDIAN: $141,782

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$88,369 - $205,050  
$2,000 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,335  
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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).
$94,200 - $247,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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. Fortunate workers who know Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design.

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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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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect 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 27 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%