Creative Services Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K annually on average but can range from $43K to $95K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women make up the majority of Creative Services Managers (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of Creative Services Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,721 - $91,961
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$43K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $63,516
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$15.13 - $43.63
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$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,721 - $91,961  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $10,875  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Commission
$3,800  
Total Pay (?
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$42,727 - $95,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$34.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,008 - $10,875  
   
Commission
$3,800  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$42,727 - $95,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Creative Services Managers often transition into Creative Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Creative Directors earn $83K per year. More often than not, a Creative Services Director role is the next step for Creative Services Managers moving up in the field. Creative Services Directors usually make $76K per year. Many other Creative Services Managers choose to take on a Marketing Manager role, where salaries are typically $60K.

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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 Creative Direction, Production Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 19 percent, and 4 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 familiar with Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications. Most people 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Creative Services Managers bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,922

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

For Creative Services Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Austin (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (12 percent lower) and Denver (10 percent lower).

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%

Production Management
up arrow 19%

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%




Video Editing
up arrow 18%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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