While executives in the production department got their biggest raises in 5 years, salaries declined for managers. As a group, pay decreased 3 percent to $59,600.
Categories related to experience were the only ones to see major drop-offs though. Most saw minor shifts.
Salaries fell by as much as $15,900 for those with the least amount of experience in the industry, at a company or in a certain role.Â
Those with more experience (and those over age 40) didnâ€™t see commensurate gains though. For the most part, their pay stayed flat.
Hours worked per week had been loosely correlated to earnings in the pastâ€”last year those working more than 50 hours and those working less than 40 hours were separated by just $1,100â€”but the gap approached $17,000 in 2013.
Size also mattered for production managers, but not as much as it did at the executive level. Those at companies with more than $10 million in revenue or working for publications with more than $3 million in revenue had 17- to 22-percent higher salaries than those at smaller operations.
Pay between production managers at consumer, b-to-b and association publications hasnâ€™t been much different historically, but the gaps have increased in each of the last two years. Theyâ€™re still smallâ€”just $6,200 separate the segmentsâ€”but itâ€™s a trend that bears watching.