A person working as a Creative Director in Canada typically earns around 120,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 56,500 CAD (lowest) to 190,000 CAD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Creative Director salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Creative Director salaries in Canada range from 56,500 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 190,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 127,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Creative Director(s) are earning less than 127,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 127,000 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Creative Director(s) are earning less than 82,800 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 82,800 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Creative Director(s) are earning less than 168,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 168,000 CAD.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Creative Director salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Creative Director with less than two years of experience makes approximately 65,200 CAD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 89,900 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 128,000 CAD per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Creative Director(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 156,000 CAD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 165,000 CAD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 179,000 CAD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+38%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Creative Director salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Creative Director is 80,500 CAD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 93,900 CAD per year, 17% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 137,000 CAD per year, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 179,000 CAD per year, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+17%|
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 Canadian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Creative Director employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Creative Director(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
A Creative Director is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Creative Director is 7% more than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Advertising Account Executive||135,000 CAD||+12%|
|Advertising Account Manager||148,000 CAD||+23%|
|Advertising Account Planner||76,800 CAD||-36%|
|Advertising Coordinator||94,800 CAD||-21%|
|Advertising Manager||199,000 CAD||+66%|
|Advertising Operations Manager||208,000 CAD||+73%|
|Advertising Strategic Planner||130,000 CAD||+8%|
|Advertising Team Leader||114,000 CAD||-5%|
|Art Director||124,000 CAD||+3%|
|Assistant Art Director||92,100 CAD||-23%|
|Audiosual Technician||70,100 CAD||-42%|
|Broadcast Administrator||131,000 CAD||+9%|
|Catering Sales||78,000 CAD||-35%|
|Catering Trainer||94,100 CAD||-22%|
|Commercial and Industrial Designer||72,700 CAD||-40%|
|Conference Organiser||88,900 CAD||-26%|
|Content and Media Production Lead||139,000 CAD||+16%|
|Creative Designer||88,000 CAD||-27%|
|Creative Director||120,000 CAD||-0%|
|Desktop Publisher||59,200 CAD||-51%|
|Director of Graphic Design||108,000 CAD||-10%|
|Events and Promotions Manager||192,000 CAD||+60%|
|Exhibit Display Coordinator||94,200 CAD||-22%|
|Exhibit Display Manager||118,000 CAD||-2%|
|Graphic Artist||75,400 CAD||-37%|
|Graphic Designer||75,800 CAD||-37%|
|Graphics Design Supervisor||103,000 CAD||-14%|
|Imagery Analyst||68,500 CAD||-43%|
|Imaging Technologist||71,200 CAD||-41%|
|Interaction Designer||62,200 CAD||-48%|
|Media Planner||103,000 CAD||-14%|
|Media Production Coordinator||89,300 CAD||-26%|
|Media Production Manager||167,000 CAD||+39%|
|Media Project Manager||166,000 CAD||+38%|
|Media Relations Representative||138,000 CAD||+15%|
|Media Sales Executive||157,000 CAD||+31%|
|Multimedia Specialist||71,200 CAD||-41%|
|PPC Campaign Manager||128,000 CAD||+6%|
|Print Production Manager||134,000 CAD||+11%|
|Product and Brand Manager||180,000 CAD||+50%|
|Sales Promotion Manager||181,000 CAD||+51%|
|Sketch Artist||82,200 CAD||-32%|
|Social Media Executive||160,000 CAD||+33%|
|Technical Typist||53,400 CAD||-56%|
|User Experience UX Designer||81,000 CAD||-33%|
|UX Designer||74,200 CAD||-38%|
|British Columbia||126,000 CAD|
|New Brunswick||115,000 CAD|
|Northwest Territories||125,000 CAD|
|Nova Scotia||112,000 CAD|
|Prince Edward Island||107,000 CAD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.