Average Creative Director Salary

$88,264
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$6,291
Bonus
$9,826
Commission
$4,968
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The average salary for a Creative Director is $88,264.
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$48k
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$88k
90%
$154k
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$48k - $154k
Bonus
$987 - $25k
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$2k - $40k
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$44k - $165k
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What Do Creative Directors Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Creative Director

4.1 out of 5
(915)
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The top respondents for the job title Creative Director are from the companies International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Colle+McVoy and Musicnotes. Reported salaries are highest at Colle+McVoy where the average pay is $167,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, earning around $127,768 and $122,449, respectively. Musicnotes pays the lowest at around $67,802. SYSCO Corporation and The Richards Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $85,500 and $100,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Creative Directors?

Skills in Team Leadership, Branding and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Graphic Design.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Creative Directors?

An entry-level Creative Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $51,071 based on 34 salaries. An early career Creative Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,377 based on 756 salaries. A mid-career Creative Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,323 based on 1,129 salaries. An experienced Creative Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100,760 based on 2,193 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,183.
Employees with Creative Director in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 66.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (38.5% more) and Los Angeles, California (29.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (3.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,280 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.6%
Early Career
14.3%
Mid Career
21.4%
Experienced
41.5%
Late Career
22.1%