Creative and Marketing Jobs Salary Quiz

Do you know the salaries it takes to hire and retain the best creative, marketing, communications and digital pros? Find out by taking our quiz. We’ll introduce you to some great candidates for agencies or in-house marketing departments, and you tell us what they should make.

Give it a go! See how much you know.

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    Picture of Melissa

    Account Executive

    Develops and maintains favorable relationships with new and existing clients in order to increase revenue.

    Meet Melissa. She graduated with a BS in marketing three years ago. After doing some temp work and full-time account management work for a small- to mid-size hotel marketing agency in Austin, TX, she’s grown her soft skills and is ready to become an account executive at her current employer. Name her salary.

    Yes, that’s correct! Depending on company size, experience and location, account executives have a salary range of over $30,000.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $56,723. Depending on company size, experience and location, account executives have a salary range of over $30,000.

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    Marketing Manager

    Develops and implements strategic marketing plans for an organization. At least 7 years of experience.

    Say hi to Andy. After getting a communications degree with a minor in marketing at his local university, he climbed from coordinator to specialist at a 200-person real-estate company. Over those eight years, he honed all sorts of hard and soft skills. He now considers himself a capable jack-of-all-trades marketing pro. The next step? That sought-after marketing manager position. What salary can he expect?

    Yes, that’s correct! Marketing manager can be a vague title, but it basically means they manage a team of coordinators and specialists while helping execute short- and long-term efforts. They often report to a director.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. . It’s actually $69,048. Marketing manager can be a vague title, but it basically means they manage a team of coordinators and specialists while helping execute short- and long-term efforts. They often report to a director.

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    Picture of Macy.

    Graphic Designer

    Uses graphic design skills and experience, as well as knowledge of current software to produce graphic art, and visual materials and content. 2-4 years of experience.

    This is Macy. After traveling for a few years, going to college later and getting a business management degree, she’s ready for full-time work. Luckily, in addition to her degree, she has a knack for graphic design and knows various programs. She’s looking to land a graphic design position in her native Cincinnati. What can she expect to earn?

    Yes, that’s correct! Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for graphic designers between 2014 and 2024 will be 1%. Positive, but significantly less than some other creative and marketing positions.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $43,115. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth graphic designers between 2014 and 2024 will be 1%. Positive, but significantly less than some other creative and marketing positions.

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    Picture of Chase

    Content Manager

    Manages and creates the content marketing strategy for digital and print mediums. At least 7 years of experience.

    Meet Chase. Chase holds a business management degree. After managing a restaurant for three years, he transitioned to an office job for the local Fortune 1000 company. He’s worked as an SEO specialist and copywriter, but wants to be more creative and put his management experience to work. A content management position opened and he’s going for it. Name the salary if he lands the job.

    Yes, that’s correct! Traditional marketing via ads, emails and promotions isn’t enough on its own. Content marketing via articles, case studies, educational tools, stories and videos is proven to provide a major boost to B2B and B2C companies.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $64,773. Traditional marketing via ads, emails and promotions isn’t enough on its own. Content marketing via articles, case studies, educational tools, stories and videos is proven to provide a major boost to B2B and B2C companies.

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    User Experience (UX) Designer

    Designs HTML prototypes, visual interfaces and interaction of web-based applications. 0-2 years of experience.

    This is Sammy. She’s not your typical designer; she’s an expert when it comes to UX. In fact, right after graduating from art school, she worked as a junior designer under an award-winning UX designer. She honed her skills in a big way. She not only has a creative eye for aesthetically pleasing design, but understands user paths, interactions with websites, A/B testing and everything else that goes along with UX. As a new UX designer, what does she earn?

    Yes, that’s correct!Because UX has come to the forefront of design so quickly, it’s difficult to find ideal candidates. However, they are available, and training current designers is an option.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $78,115. Because UX has come to the forefront of design so quickly, it’s difficult to find ideal candidates. However, they are available, and training current designers is an option.

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