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How Much Does a Creative Director Earn In The United States?

Creative Director Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$147,000
$91,000
$147,000
$239,000
Creative directors in the United States make an average salary of $147,865 per year or $71.09 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $91,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $239,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Washington, Utah, California, and North Dakota provide the highest creative director salaries.
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Where Creative Directors Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where creative directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Creative Directors Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Alaska, Washington and Utah, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for creative directors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Alabama, Oklahoma, and Hawaii.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range118k - 243k$170k$170,374

Seattle, WA

Salary Range114k - 214k$157k$156,584

Portland, OR

Salary Range100k - 192k$139k$139,228

Chicago, IL

Salary Range96k - 194k$137k$136,781

New York, NY

Salary Range83k - 170k$119k$119,134

Las Vegas, NV

Salary Range76k - 161k$111k$111,042

Boulder, CO

Salary Range78k - 156k$111k$110,708

Clifton, NJ

Salary Range73k - 150k$105k$104,902

Watertown Town, MA

Salary Range72k - 149k$104k$104,130

Portland, ME

Salary Range72k - 148k$104k$103,693
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High Paying Creative Director Jobs

Which Companies Pay Creative Directors The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like VIA Technologies and Zola as they offer the highest salaries for creative directors.
Company
Company
Average Salary
VIA Technologies
Salary Range240k - 270k$255k$254,960
Zola
Salary Range230k - 265k$248k$247,509
Good Eggs
Salary Range229k - 259k$244k$244,296
Mayo Clinic
Salary Range222k - 264k$243k$242,742
Apple
Salary Range218k - 269k$243k$242,694
Lindsay
Salary Range223k - 252k$237k$237,203
Howard Hughes
Salary Range219k - 247k$233k$233,156
HTC Global Services
Salary Range214k - 249k$231k$231,463
Minted
Salary Range216k - 247k$231k$231,351
Hanna Andersson
Salary Range209k - 251k$230k$229,722
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$270k

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    How Much Do Creative Directors Make In Different Industries?

    Industry
    Average Salary

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range179k - 223k$200k$200,451

    Retail

    Salary Range177k - 224k$200k$199,518

    Media

    Salary Range174k - 218k$195k$195,008

    Transportation

    Salary Range161k - 201k$181k$180,724

    Hospitality

    Salary Range141k - 193k$166k$165,556
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    $224k

    Recently Added Creative Director Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Creative Director
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    Roselle, IL
    Roselle, IL
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $90,000
    $90,000
    01/29/2021
    City of Seattle
    City of Seattle
    Inclusive Creative Industry Director
    Inclusive Creative Industry Director
    Inclusive Creative Industry Director
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    01/06/2021
    01/06/2021
    $139,896
    $139,896
    01/06/2021
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Englewood, CO
    Englewood, CO
    11/12/2020
    11/12/2020
    $125,220
    $125,220
    11/12/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Hopkins, MN
    Hopkins, MN
    11/11/2020
    11/11/2020
    $97,400
    $97,400
    11/11/2020
    Creative Director-Northern Essex Community College
    Creative Director-Northern Essex Community College
    Haverhill, MA
    Haverhill, MA
    08/26/2020
    08/26/2020
    $70,000
    $70,000
    08/26/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    08/19/2020
    08/19/2020
    $150,000
    $150,000
    08/19/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Miami, FL
    Miami, FL
    07/08/2020
    07/08/2020
    $75,000
    $75,000
    07/08/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Nashville, TN
    Nashville, TN
    06/03/2020
    06/03/2020
    $83,480
    $83,480
    06/03/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    03/20/2020
    03/20/2020
    $115,000
    $115,000
    03/20/2020
    Creative Director
    Creative Director
    Raleigh, NC
    Raleigh, NC
    03/17/2020
    03/17/2020
    $80,000
    $80,000
    03/17/2020