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Creative Director Average Salary in France 2023

How much money does a person working as Creative Director make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
46,400 EUR
( 3,860 EUR monthly)


A person working as Creative Director in France typically earns around 46,400 EUR per year. Salaries range from 21,800 EUR (lowest) to 73,300 EUR (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 Pay Scale and Salaries in France

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
43,700 EUR or more
10% of people earn
38,400 to 43,700 EUR
20% of people earn
26,700 EUR or less
65% of people earn
26,700 to 38,400 EUR
Minimum Salary
21,800 EUR
44,000 EUR
73,300 EUR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Creative Director salaries in France range from 21,800 EUR per year (starting salary) to 73,300 EUR per year (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 44,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Creative Director(s) are earning less than 44,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 44,000 EUR. 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.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    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 35,600 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 35,600 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Creative Director(s) are earning less than 50,500 EUR while 25% are earning more than 50,500 EUR.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 26,700 EUR to 38,400 EUR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 26,700 EUR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 38,400 EUR to 43,700 EUR. Only 5% of people grossed 43,700 EUR or more.

Creative Director Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Creative Director average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
25,100 EUR
2 - 5 Years+38%
34,700 EUR
5 - 10 Years+42%
49,300 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
60,200 EUR
15 - 20 Years+6%
63,500 EUR
20+ Years+9%
69,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience yearly France Creative Director
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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.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 25,100 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 34,700 EUR 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 49,300 EUR per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Creative Director whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 60,200 EUR 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 63,500 EUR 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 69,200 EUR per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Creative Director Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Creative Director(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Creative Director average salary difference by education level in France

High School
31,100 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+17%
36,200 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
52,700 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
69,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level yearly France Creative Director
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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 is 31,100 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 36,200 EUR per year, 17% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 52,700 EUR 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 69,200 EUR per year, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 20,600 Euro(s) to 61,900 Euro(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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Creative Director

Salary comparison by gender France Creative Director yearly
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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 France earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

47,700 EUR
45,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Creative Director Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Creative Director(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Creative Director

Creative Director(s) in France 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.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

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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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2022. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Creative Director Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Creative Director
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"Creative Director" is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% 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.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Creative Director Salary Trend and Forecast in France

How are Creative Director salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
42,300 EUR
Average Salary 2020+3%
43,400 EUR
Average Salary 2021+2%
44,500 EUR
Average Salary 2022+2%
45,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Creative Director salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Creative Director Average Hourly Wage in France

22 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 22 EUR. This means that the average Creative Director in France earns approximately 22 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Creative Director' in France is 10 EUR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Creative Director VS Other Jobs

46,400 EUR
46,700 EUR
49,500 EUR
Average Salary
Creative Director
Average Salary
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Creative Director is 1% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Creative Director and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events yearly France
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive52,000 EUR+12%
Advertising Account Manager59,000 EUR+27%
Advertising Account Planner30,100 EUR-35%
Advertising Coordinator36,700 EUR-21%
Advertising Manager79,800 EUR+72%
Advertising Operations Manager79,500 EUR+71%
Advertising Strategic Planner52,200 EUR+13%
Advertising Team Leader45,000 EUR-3%
Animator34,000 EUR-27%
Art Director45,500 EUR-2%
Artist38,800 EUR-16%
Artworker30,000 EUR-35%
Assistant Art Director38,600 EUR-17%
Audiosual Technician26,800 EUR-42%
Broadcast Administrator51,800 EUR+12%
Catering Sales30,500 EUR-34%
Catering Trainer34,500 EUR-26%
Commercial and Industrial Designer29,700 EUR-36%
Conference Organiser35,600 EUR-23%
Content and Media Production Lead55,500 EUR+20%
CopyWriter32,500 EUR-30%
Creative Designer35,800 EUR-23%
Creative Director46,400 EUR+0%
Designer 27,000 EUR-42%
Desktop Publisher24,100 EUR-48%
Director of Graphic Design43,100 EUR-7%
Events and Promotions Manager79,600 EUR+72%
Exhibit Display Coordinator36,600 EUR-21%
Exhibit Display Manager47,600 EUR+3%
Finisher25,200 EUR-46%
Graphic Artist28,800 EUR-38%
Graphic Designer31,600 EUR-32%
Graphics Design Supervisor40,500 EUR-13%
Imagery Analyst29,400 EUR-37%
Imaging Technologist28,700 EUR-38%
Interaction Designer23,700 EUR-49%
Media Planner40,400 EUR-13%
Media Production Coordinator36,600 EUR-21%
Media Production Manager64,200 EUR+38%
Media Project Manager61,700 EUR+33%
Media Relations Representative51,800 EUR+12%
Media Sales Executive60,400 EUR+30%
Multimedia Specialist28,700 EUR-38%
Photographer26,500 EUR-43%
PPC Campaign Manager46,900 EUR+1%
Print Production Manager50,900 EUR+10%
Product and Brand Manager78,800 EUR+70%
Sales Promotion Manager72,200 EUR+56%
Sketch Artist32,400 EUR-30%
Social Media Executive58,600 EUR+26%
Technical Typist22,100 EUR-52%
User Experience UX Designer32,900 EUR-29%
UX Designer28,500 EUR-39%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux46,400 EUR
Lille42,800 EUR
Lyon49,300 EUR
Marseille52,700 EUR
Montpellier46,800 EUR
Nantes48,500 EUR
Nice47,000 EUR
Paris53,200 EUR
Strasbourg47,100 EUR
Toulouse49,900 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Creative Director in France?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 44,000 EUR and 50,500 EUR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Creative Director in France is ranges from 35,600 EUR to 50,500 EUR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

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