Vice President (VP) & Creative Director Salary

VPs and Creative Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $139K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $41K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $50K, overall incomes of VPs and Creative Directors spread between $91K and $241K depending on individual performance. Experience level 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 greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs and Creative Directors. There are more male VPs and Creative Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$86,344 - $205,683

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$86,344 - $205,683  
$1,946 - $41,419  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,000  
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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).
$91,327 - $240,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 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 37 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%