SHOW ME THE MONEY: A guide to project management, account management and production role salaries

It’s always awkward talking about cold, hard cash – or more specifically, how much of it we earn. But hell, surely people who say they wouldn’t want to know what their peers earn are fibbing. Going into roles like account director and producer aren’t going to make you megabucks mega quickly (what role in the creative industries does?) but there’s definite career progression in these positions, and those at the top of their game certainly don’t do too badly.

We’ve drawn together average salaries for those behind-the-scenes creative roles to show what people earn at various stages of their careers, based on data from 2014 and 2015.

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Outside London:

Operations Director — £90,000
Head of Project Management — £70,000 - £120,000
Project Director — £60,000 - £80,000
Senior Resource/Traffic Manager/Director — £45,000 - £65,000
Resource/Traffic Manager — £24,000 - £45,000
Client Services Director — £52,550 (junior), £70,125 (middleweight), £91,300 (senior)
Business Development Director — £37,625 (junior), £44,276 (middleweight), £61,250 (senior)
Account Director — £35,750 (junior), £42,300 (middleweight), £50,150 (senior)
Creative Services Manager — £32,170 (junior), £38,100 (middleweight), £46,950 (senior)
Project Manager — £26,850 (junior), £30,500 (middleweight), £38,900 (senior)
Account Manager — £24,633 (junior), £29,640 (middleweight), £33,200 (senior)
Studio Manager — £23,328 (junior), £31,770 (middleweight), £43,056 (senior)
Affiliates Manager — £22,405 (junior), £30,350 (middleweight), £42,630 (senior)
Producer — £18,715 (junior), £27,230 (middleweight), £32,120 (senior)
Account Executive — £17,220 (junior), £23,230 (middleweight), £30,075 (senior)

With London weighting:

Client Services Director — £83,480 (junior), £97,450 (middleweight), £152,350 (senior)
Business Development Director — £40,689 (junior), £62,370 (middleweight), £118,410 (senior)
Account Director — £34,100 (junior), £45,250 (middleweight), £55,000 (senior)
Creative Services Manager — £33,210 (junior), £42,215 (middleweight), £52,650 (senior)
Project Manager — £28,680 (junior), £41,350 (middleweight), £58,310 (senior)
Account Manager — £28,425 (junior), £32,412 (middleweight), £39,824 (senior)
Studio Manager — £27,910 (junior), £32,350 (middleweight), £38,210 (senior)
Affiliates Manager — £26,280 (junior), £34,280 (middleweight), £45,650 (senior)
Producer — £22,140 (junior), £37,892 (middleweight), £53,280 (senior)
Account Executive — £20,055 (junior), £27,076 (middleweight), £32,120 (senior)