Creative Director salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$140,450
$11,100
Additional Cash Compensation
$151,550
Total Compensation
Median: $140K
Min: $101K
Max: $170K

How Much Does a Creative Director Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Creative Director in Chicago is $140,450. The average additional cash compensation for a Creative Director in Chicago is $11,100. The average total compensation for a Creative Director in Chicago is $151,550. Creative Director salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In from anonymous Creative Director employees in Chicago.

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Creative Director jobs in Chicago

Creative Technologist

Chicago
4 days ago
+53
From our employee experience to our products, design matters at Sprout Social. We’re looking for a Creative Technologist to join our team as we advance our design system, Seeds, to facilitate the development of beautiful, helpful, and easy-to-use software that powers human connection. Seeds is home to all of the tools and resources needed to understand the Sprout brand, express it creatively, and inspire meaningful customer experiences. In this

Creative Project Manager

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+49
Who we are M1 Finance has created a personal wealth-building platform made for the modern era, uniting personal perspective and automated ease. We seamlessly combine free investing, low cost borrowing and digital checking all in one intuitive, automated Finance Super App, and we’re driven by a mission to empower personal financial well-being. We believe that financial well-being is fundamental to overall well-being, and we strive to deliver

Associate Creative Director, Copy

Chicago
4 months ago
+39
About the job *closerlook is based in Chicago and open to remote candidates for this position   At closerlook, the Associate Creative Director, Copy is charged with guiding the project team and the client through closerlook’s creative process to ensure delivery of the highest-quality creative work, on time and on budget. On one or more accounts, the Associate Creative Director leads a creative team that includes an Art Director, a Writing

Associate Creative Director, Design

Chicago
6 months ago
+39
The Associate Creative Director reviews all creative briefs in advance of project kickoffs. The Associate Creative Director also works with the account’s Project Manager, Strategy Lead and Technology Lead to optimize project timelines. In addition, the Associate Creative Director partners with the Account Supervisor to present creative work to clients and develop key client relationships.

Associate Creative Director, Copy

Chicago
6 months ago
+39
At closerlook, the Associate Creative Director, Copy is charged with guiding the project team and the client through closerlook’s creative process to ensure delivery of the highest-quality creative work, on time and on budget. On one or more accounts, the Associate Creative Director leads a creative team that includes an Art Director, a Writing Director, an Interaction Design Director, and one or more Designers and Copywriters. The Associate Creative Director reviews all creative briefs in advance of project kickoffs. The Associate Creative Director also works with the account’s Project Manager, Strategy Lead and Technology Lead to optimize project timelines. In addition, the Associate Creative Director partners with the Account Supervisor to present creative work to clients and develop key client relationships.The Associate Creative Director should have a background in writing. Additionally, the Associate Creative Director must have a strong working knowledge of design and art direction. Deep experience in digital marketing is a must. Experience with pharmaceutical marketing and responsive design is strongly preferred.The Associate Creative Director reports to the Creative Director. 

Creative Director

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+55
Bounteous is looking for a Creative Director to join our fast-growing design practice. This role is ideal for a dynamic and impassioned creative veteran focused on furthering sound design principles in a fast-paced dynamic environment. The ideal director is a naturally engaging storyteller and mentor who enjoys collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams to collectively deliver incredible, award-winning experiences. Role and Responsibilities Lea

Creative Manager

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+27
ThinkMarkets is seeking a passionate and data-driven Creative Manager to own our brand vision and manage the workforce across UX, product design and brand identity disciplines. As our Creative Manager, you will be responsible for driving strategic creative decisions across marketing channels and managing the internal creative team. You will partner closely with performance marketing and product to ensure that all creative resources deliver high-quality work that represents the ThinkMarkets brand consistently. 

Associate Director, Talent (Creative)

Chicago
1 week ago
+55
The Talent Team creates new connections daily and is committed to an inclusive interview experience. It’s not just about filling a position: We believe that candidates should actively participate and influence the conversation! Bounteous is a place for passionate, excited individuals who look forward to making ideas come to life!  To help grow this team, we need an Associate Director, Talent who not only embodies Bounteous’ core values, but is

Creative Marketing Designer

Chicago
1 week ago
+41
About Sittercity Sittercity, a Bright Horizons company, is a technology platform working to reimagine the child care industry. Finding, hiring and managing high-quality, trustworthy and enriching child care has never been simple, for parents or caregivers. We want to change that. At Sittercity, you can imagine and create solutions that will revolutionize a multi-billion industry and bring relief to parents and care providers alike, all while

Principal, Integrated Creative Strategy and Execution

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+55
At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We’re all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career. Join an innovative, dynamic, data-driven performance marketing team that relentlessly strives to develop relevant messaging strategies and breakthrough digital creative driving new card member growth. You’re a strategic planner who has extensive experience (6-8 years) across the paid digital ecosystem (display, search, social—specifically TikTok & Snap—email, etc.) as well as an A-game in site, SEO, content creation and content optimization. Plus, you have an ever-watchful eye on trends and emerging media opportunities. As you will be informing and managing external agencies and creative development, you’re ideally an account planner/strategist who understands the creative process, directly manages creative campaigns and heavily informs creative direction and development. Or you are a creative director (art side preferred) with an impressive strategic background. Most importantly, you live and breathe data-driven approaches and how to use data to inform and guide your strategies. Responsible for leading the development and advancement of Acquisition creative strategies through connecting data, research and insights. Drives integration, alignment and implementation of new creative strategic solutions that identify consumer opportunities and address business challenges. Creates, drives change, and leads collaborative, cross functional efforts.

Creative Manager

Chicago
3 days ago
+21
As the head of the Creative Department, the Creative Manager will manage the Creative Team through the lifecycle of all events while actively working as a team member on projects.   This person is a proven leader who is organized, flexible and has a great sense of process. S/he has extensive experience in production management, mastery of video editing and motion graphics, and extraordinary attention to detail. S/he will manage a growing team

Creative Director Salary ranges

The most common Creative Director salary in Chicago is between $150k - $160k.

Average Creative Director Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Creative Director make the most at companies with 51-200 employees, earning $149,714 on average.

Creative Director Salary by gender

The average Creative Director salary for women is $132,600 and the average Creative Director salary for men is $132,824.

Creative Director Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Creative Director with 7+ years of experience is $135,749.

Average Design + UX salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
Visual Designer $67,362
Min: $45K
Max: $125K
UI Designer $79,886
Min: $53K
Max: $120K
UX Designer $82,468
Min: $52K
Max: $125K
Art Director $84,182
Min: $56K
Max: $135K
UX Researcher $88,253
Min: $65K
Max: $150K
Product Designer $90,259
Min: $53K
Max: $184K
Senior UI Designer $104,028
Min: $75K
Max: $140K
Senior UX Designer $110,452
Min: $65K
Max: $205K
Creative Director $140,450
Min: $101K
Max: $170K
Design Director $141,197
Min: $95K
Max: $220K
CCO (Chief Creative Officer) $163,000
Min: $104K
Max: $200K

Skills that affect Creative Director salaries in Chicago

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Adobe Creative Suite
4% have this skill
2
Graphic Design
3% have this skill
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Visual Design
3% have this skill
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Wireframing
3% have this skill
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Responsive Design
2% have this skill
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Prototyping
2% have this skill

Recent Creative Director salaries in Chicago

$105,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $105,000 with +$11,000 in additional cash compensation
5-7 Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$123,500
Yearly Salary
A Design Manager reported a yearly salary of $123,500
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$170,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $170,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $150,000 with +$30,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $150,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $150,000
7+ Years of Experience
Prefer not to say
11-50 Employees
Chicago
$125,000
Yearly Salary
A Associate Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $125,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
$111,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $111,000 with +$2,500 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
11-50 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$104,000
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $104,000 with +$5,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
11-50 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$100,738
Yearly Salary
A Creative Director reported a yearly salary of $100,738 with +$11,500 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
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