Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $91K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Creative Services Managers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $91K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Creative Services Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Creative Services Managers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$41,265 - $89,180
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $63,481
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$15.21 - $36.90
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$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Creative Services Managers move into roles as Senior Managers of Creative Services, where pay is an average $82K per year. It is quite typical for Creative Services Managers to transition into roles as Creative Directors or Creative Services Directors, where reported median earnings are $18K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 experienced in Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications. The majority of those who know Project Management 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.


Creative Services Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $61K. Creative Services Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $77K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,007

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Creative Services Managers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 10 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 8 percent less than the median.

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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