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Creative Services Manager Salary

With just under three-fifths of Creative Services Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $43K to $91K per year and averages out to $62K annually. Total incomes of Creative Services Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $43K and $91K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Creative Services Managers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Creative Services Managers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$41,928 - $88,410
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,113
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50%
90%

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$14.86 - $43.36
(Median)
$15
$24
$43
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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
$41,928 - $88,410  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
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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$42,694 - $91,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 517
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 - $43.36  
   
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 - $9,500  
   
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).
)
$42,694 - $91,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Creative Services Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Manager of Creative Services, where median compensation is $82K annually. Typical career progression for a Creative Services Manager involves becoming a Creative Director or a Creative Services Director, roles that pay $18K more and $13K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Survey results suggest that Creative Services Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Marketing Communications, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Project Management also know Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know Graphic Design also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Creative Services Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $53K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. Creative Services Managers see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Creative Services Managers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Austin (+17 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries



Marketing Communications
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Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$63,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%