VPs and Creative Directors in the United States can expect wages of $149K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. More than half of VPs and Creative Directors (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Most VPs and Creative Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$95,537 - $203,991
MEDIAN: $148,968

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$99,202 - $230,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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

  • 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.

Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $103K per year. VPs and Creative Directors see a median salary of $156K after reaching one to two decades on the job. VPs and Creative Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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 Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salaries

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

Creative Direction
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National Average

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Strategic Marketing
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


34 %
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%