$86,990
Avg. Salary
$25.05
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$7,315

Profit Sharing

$5,071

Commission

$6,878

The average pay for a Creative Director is $25.05 per hour.

The average pay for a Creative Director is $86,990 per year.

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$0$164K
Salary $46,247 - $154,317
Bonus $1,026 - $24,516
Profit Sharing $1,184 - $30,134
Commission $1,965 - $25,602
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).
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$42,982 - $164,007
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,169
Hourly Data $0$95
Hourly Rate $13.97 - $95.58
Hourly Tips $0.36
Overtime $14.80 - $81.03
Annual Data $0$164K
Bonus $1,026 - $24,516
Commission $1,965 - $25,602
Profit Sharing $1,184 - $30,134
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).
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$42,982 - $164,007
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 495

Job Description for Creative Director

The creative director is the leader of a team tasked with creating and implementing creative work; this could include projects in graphic design, advertising, music, media or similar fields. Their tasks vary depending on their industry and position; for example, they may work as a lead designer for websites, oversee copywriting for advertising campaigns or serve as the art director for a publication or advertising firm. Other tasks led by a creative director commonly include helping with the casting of a commercial, developing radio commercials, and helping guide copywriters and graphic designers on a wide variety of projects.

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Creative Director Tasks

  • Develop and manage creative ideas.
  • Develop and produce promotional spots.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments on all promotions productions.
  • Develop and manage creative teams to promote product brands.

Popular Employer Salaries for Creative Director


Creative Directors flock to Havas for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $151K lead the pack in compensation.

Common Career Paths for Creative Director


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Creative Directors sometimes assume positions such as Executive Creative Directors. That role pays $172K per year on average. The most common career progression for Creative Directors leads to becoming a VP or Creative Director, where average pay is $143K annually. However, many Creative Directors also opt to become Marketing Directors. Typically, a Marketing Director brings home $80K.

Creative Director Job Listings

Popular Skills for Creative Director


Creative Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Copywriting, Team Leadership, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Director

Pay by Experience for a Creative Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Creative Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 627 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Creative Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 916 salaries. An experienced Creative Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 1,517 salaries. A Creative Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 620 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,539

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

For Creative Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 71 percent greater than the national average. Creative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+37 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (7 percent less) and Miami (3 percent less).

Creative Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Creative Director?

Creative Director in Purchase:
"Beware of politics."
Every job has an underlying political position. Learn the politics of your position early and use this knowledge to your best advantage. Never burn bridges without sufficient cause. And always keep current in the skill sets your supervised employees use.

Creative Director in Chicago:
"Powerpoint is not evil."
Learn the business and let the business drivers determine the right design approach.

Creative Director in Chicago:
"Powerpoint is not evil."
Tools are tools - even Powerpoint can be very effective for design communication. Learn the business. Let the business drivers determine the right design approach.

Creative Director in Ann Arbor:
"Leaders tend to disregard the value of our work."
My experience is that most CEOs, CFO's, and generally leaders have a 'default' of viewing the work and value as secondary to the vision and goals of the company, when in fact they could never achieve said goals without our work. Additionally, most CEO's and CFO's have no concept of how much time, experience and resources are required to achieve world class results, and often assume that world class results are 'standard' or 'normal' vs. Exceptional. I believe it is because our society consumes world class creative products all day everyday (commercials, products, media and so on) and take these things for granted.

Creative Director in Miami:
Be organized, resourceful and flexible.

Creative Director in Orlando:
"Practice to be excellent."
Manage your time with a balance between work and family.

Creative Director in New York:
"Corporate culture."
Have a mentor of some sort.

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Key Stats for Creative Director

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 930 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Creative Director Salaries

▲21%

▲15%

National Average
$88,000

▼10%

▼38%

Skills That Affect Creative Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 930 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%