Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $63K per year on average but can range from $42K to $91K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Creative Services Managers. Ranging between $42K near the bottom and $91K near the top, total earnings can include up to $10K from bonuses and up to $8K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $15K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Creative Services Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact.

$41,265 - $89,180
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $63,481
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$15.21 - $36.90
(Median)
$15
$25
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,265 - $89,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,032  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,319  
Commission
$0.08 - $14,899  
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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$41,735 - $91,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $36.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,032  
   
Commission
$0.08 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,319  
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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$41,735 - $91,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Creative Services Manager


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While Creative Services Managers do not often become Senior Managers of Creative Services, the job pays $82K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Creative Services Manager involves becoming a Creative Director or a Creative Services Director, roles that pay $18K more and $12K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Creative Services Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Creative Direction and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent and 9 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Creative Services Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $61K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $53K. For Creative Services Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Creative Services Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,007

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Creative Services Managers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Philadelphia earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

Creative Services Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Creative Services Manager?

Creative Services Manager in Milford:
"My job is OK."
Pros: I like that I am able to work independently and have a fair amount of flexibility with my work. I am not micromanaged and hardly managed at all, which makes for a fairly stress-free environment.
Cons: I do not feel as though I am fairly compensated for my work. I do a lot for this company and believe I am pretty indispensable to the current workflow here. If and when I leave this job, they will need to hire at least two people to replace me, and with my currently salary, I feel as though that makes me extremely underpaid.

Creative Services Manager in Richmond:
"Creative Manager @ Health Food Grocery Store."
Pros: Being creative, freedom to use creative license in my design, non-corporate relaxed environment, good co-workers, tight knit departmental team, great boss, free goods, profit sharing, ability to be myself at work, having my own office with a nice computer and up to date software, not micro-managed, work located in good part of town, feeling like I contribute something significant and make a difference to the company, wide range of projects - always working on something new.
Cons: Needing to be flexible and ready for last minute changes and requests due to disorganized processes and poor communication, moderately high stress job.

Creative Services Manager in Richmond:
"Creative Manager @ Health Food Grocery Store."
Pros: Being creative, freedom to use creative license in my design, non-corporate relaxed environment, good co-workers, tight knit departmental team, great boss, free goods, profit sharing, ability to be myself at work, having my own office with a nice computer and up to date software, not micro-managed, work located in good part of town, feeling like I contribute something significant and make a difference to the company, wide range of projects - always working on something new.
Cons: Needing to be flexible and ready for last minute changes and requests due to disorganized processes and poor communication, moderately high stress job.

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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries

Creative Direction
up arrow 35%


Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%



Video Editing
up arrow 7%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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