Average Mid-Career Creative Director Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$97,785
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$0
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$16,000
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The average salary for a Mid-Career Creative Director in Chicago, Illinois is $97,785.
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$64k
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$98k
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$130k
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MEDIAN $97,785
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$64k - $130k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $16k
Total Pay
$54k - $134k

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Job Description for Creative Director

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.

Career Paths

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Creative Director
Graphic Designer
Art Director
Marketing Director
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Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Creative Director

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

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Director

An early career Creative Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $65,414 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Creative Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $114,639 based on 91 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $115,120.
Employees with Creative Director in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 27.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (12.6% more) and New York, New York (4.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (31.1% less), Salt Lake City, Utah (19.9% less) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (9.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 162 survey responses.
Early Career
16.0%
Experienced
56.2%
Late Career
27.8%