Chief Creative Officer Salary

On average, Chief Creative Officers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($149K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Chief Creative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Chief Creative Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,799 - $299,724
$73K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $150,811
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$0$329K
Salary $72,799 - $299,724
Bonus $0.00 - $48,936
Profit Sharing $9,916
Commission $27,000
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$74,566 - $329,444
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 65

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Job Description for Chief Creative Officer

Chief creative officers supervise their organization's creative staff, typically working for communications, media or advertising agencies or firms. These executives must be experts in building or creating their company’s brands using traditional and digital media, including through a detailed understanding of relevant business strategies and consumer preferences. Chief creative officers must ensure that their creative team is effective, efficient and staffed appropriately; they are involved in selecting, interviewing and hiring members of their creative team, as well as providing timely feedback to staff and conducting performance evaluations in accordance with their company’s policies and guidelines.

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Chief Creative Officer Tasks

  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • 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 Chief Creative Officer

Pay by Experience for a Chief Creative Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Creative Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Creative Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Chief Creative Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $163,000 based on 48 salaries. A Chief Creative Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $194,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,790

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief Creative Officers, 31 percent higher than the national average. Chief Creative Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent) and San Francisco (+6 percent).

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Q: What is it like working as a Chief Creative Officer?

Chief Creative Officer in Los Angeles:
"Strategic and creative."
Pros: Creatively fulfilling. Strategically challenging and rewarding.
Cons: Stress level.

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Key Stats for Chief Creative Officer

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
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$160,000

Mid-Career
▼41%

Entry-Level
▼42%

Skills That Affect Chief Creative Officer Salaries

Creative Direction
▲3%

National Average
$160,000

Branding
▼19%

Design
▼28%


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
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 22%
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