Creative Services Manager Salary

Creative Services Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Creative Services Managers. Salaries average out to around $63K annually and spread from $43K to $97K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up the majority of Creative Services Managers (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$42,732 - $92,240
$43K
$63K
$92K
MEDIAN: $62,670
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$15.00 - $35.61
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$42,732 - $92,240  
   
Bonus
$997 - $10,321  
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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$42,595 - $96,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $35.61  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$997 - $10,321  
   
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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$42,595 - $96,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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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Advancing into a Creative Director role seems to be a popular career move for Creative Services Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $83K per year. Going from Creative Services Manager to Creative Services Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $76K. Many others choose to work as Marketing Managers, where pay is typically $61K.

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Popular Skills for Creative Services Manager


Creative Services Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with art direction, Creative Direction, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 74 percent, 37 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Video Editing, Social Media Marketing, and Adobe After Effects. Most people experienced in Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Creative Services Manager

Pay by Experience for a Creative Services Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Creative Services Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 169 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Creative Services Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 194 salaries. An experienced Creative Services Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 240 salaries. A Creative Services Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 92 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,264

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

For Creative Services Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), Austin (+16 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (12 percent less) and Denver (9 percent less).

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 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$63,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries

art direction
▲74%

Creative Direction
▲37%

Production Management
▲20%



National Average
$63,000






▼4%


Adobe After Effects
▼7%


▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 6%