Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $43K to $91K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Cash earnings of Creative Services Managers — including $10K in bonuses, $8K in profit sharing proceeds, and $15K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $43K to approximately $91K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. More than half of Creative Services Managers (62 percent) survey participants are women. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Creative Services Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,124 - $88,105
(Median)
$42K
$63K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,815
10%
50%
90%

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$14.76 - $37.32
(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
$42,124 - $88,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,778  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $8,443  
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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$42,505 - $90,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $37.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.51  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,778  
   
Commission
$0.08 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $8,443  
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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$42,505 - $90,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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It's not very common for Creative Services Managers to move on to become Senior Managers of Creative Services. Average pay for a Senior Manager of Creative Services is $82K annually. Creative Directors or Creative Services Directors are common next-step roles for Creative Services Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Creative Directors is $18K higher on average, and it's $13K higher for Creative Services Directors.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Survey takers working as Creative Services Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Creative Direction, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 12 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For Creative Services Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $54K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $60K. Creative Services Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Creative Services Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Creative Services Managers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Austin (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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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 36%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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