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 $96K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Overall cash earnings of Creative Services Managers stretch from $43K near the bottom to $96K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. More than half of Creative Services Managers (67 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of Creative Services Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,187 - $94,661
$43K
$64K
$95K
MEDIAN: $63,706
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$15.40 - $34.05
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$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.33
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$0$97K
Salary $43,187 - $94,661
Bonus $971 - $10,231
Profit Sharing $494.93 - $9,863
Commission $5,000
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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$42,619 - $97,223
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 523
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $15.40 - $34.05
Overtime $30.49
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $971 - $10,231
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $494.93 - $9,863
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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$42,619 - $97,223
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30

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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

  • Assure services are in compliance with professional, company policy standards and brand execution requirements.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of design staff.
  • Supervise staff and give technical direction.
  • Oversee day-to-day production of design projects and program activities.

Common Career Paths for Creative Services Manager


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Creative Services Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Creative Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $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 $61K.

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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 art direction, Creative Direction, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 76 percent, 38 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Video Editing, Social Media Marketing, and Adobe After Effects. Most people who know Project Management also know Marketing Communications and Adobe Photoshop. Most people who know Graphic Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Marketing Communications.

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: $63,501

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, 30 percent above the national average. Creative Services Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+21 percent), Austin (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Phoenix and 8 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Creative Services Manager Salaries

▲13%

▲9%

National Average
$64,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Creative Services Manager Salaries

art direction
▲74%

Creative Direction
▲36%

Production Management
▲20%



National Average
$64,000






▼4%


Adobe After Effects
▼7%


▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 6%
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