Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little over a half of Creative Services Managers. Salaries average out to around $63K annually and spread from $43K to $96K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Creative Services Managers is high. The majority of Creative Services Managers (66 percent) who took the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$42,854 - $91,666
$43K
$63K
$92K
MEDIAN: $62,587
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$15.10 - $44.04
$15
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $23.42
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,854 - $91,666  
   
Bonus
$1,013 - $11,473  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$42,783 - $95,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$32.98  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,013 - $11,473  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$42,783 - $95,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Creative Services Manager


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Many Creative Services Managers move into a Creative Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $83K per year. Becoming a Creative Services Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Creative Services Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $76K. Another frequent advance is for Creative Services Managers to assume a Marketing Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $61K.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Creative Services Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with art direction, Creative Direction, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 37 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe After Effects as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Social Media Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Graphic Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Services Manager

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $53K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. For Creative Services Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,252

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

For those looking to make money, Creative Services Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (9 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

Creative Services Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Creative Services Manager

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

National Average
$63,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries

art direction
▲77%

Creative Direction
▲37%

Production Management
▲20%



National Average
$63,000







▼5%


Video Editing
▼18%

Adobe After Effects
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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