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Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

VPs and Creative Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($156K) annually in the United States. Overall cash earnings for VPs and Creative Directors stretch from $86K on the lower end to $245K 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. For the most part, VPs and Creative Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men account for the majority of VPs and Creative Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$82,009 - $208,289
MEDIAN: $140,257

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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.
$82,009 - $208,289  
$2,078 - $41,022  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $50,335  
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).
$86,083 - $244,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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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Professional skills reported by VPs and Creative Directors are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Strategic Marketing.

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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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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%