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Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $90K per year, median earnings come to $62K per year. Cash earnings for Creative Services Managers — including $9K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $90K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Creative Services Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Creative Services Managers (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,722 - $87,958
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,255
10%
50%
90%

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$14.86 - $36.50
(Median)
$15
$23
$37
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,722 - $87,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,058  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $5,872  
Commission
$2,100 - $3,072  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,339 - $90,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 518
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $36.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,058  
   
Commission
$2,100 - $3,072  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$42,339 - $90,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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Job Description for Creative Services Manager

Creative services managers are in charge of managing creative output - from concept to production - for their organization. They are responsible for developing ideas and coordinating with a variety of department executives to ensure a proper vision. They present design concepts and creative content to executives and clients, and then subsequently manage a team of creative professionals to meet project goals. Creative services managers delegate tasks, hold regular status meetings to track progress, and analyze the project throughout the development process. After projects are completed, these managers must analyze their success and develop procedural or product changes as necessary.

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Creative Services Manager Tasks

  • Oversee day-to-day production of design projects and program activities.
  • Manager the selection, training and development of design staff.
  • Assure services are in compliance with professional, company policy standards and brand execution requirements.
  • Supervise staff and give technical direction.

Common Career Paths for Creative Services Manager


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There are some Creative Services Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Managers of Creative Services, where earnings are an average $82K annually. Creative Services Managers most often move into positions as Creative Directors or Creative Services Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Creative Services Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Marketing Communications, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Graphic Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications. People who know Project Management usually also know Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Services Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $53K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $60K on average. Creative Services Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Creative Services Managers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Austin (+17 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (13 percent lower) and Denver (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries



Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
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Web Design
0%

National Average
$63,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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