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 $42K to $91K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Creative Services Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$41,819 - $88,235

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$14.76 - $37.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,819 - $88,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
Profit Sharing
$1,350 - $4,500  
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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$42,252 - $90,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 547
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,875  
   
Commission
$0.08 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$1,350 - $4,500  
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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$42,252 - $90,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Creative Services Managers do not often transition into Senior Manager of Creative Services roles. The role averages $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 results imply that Creative Services Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Creative Direction, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 13 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop. Those familiar with Graphic Design also tend to 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.


Creative Services Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $54K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $60K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Creative Services Managers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Austin (+15 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (13 percent lower) and Denver (10 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Creative Services Manager?

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 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 27%

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
41%
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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