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Associate Media Director Salary

Associate Media Directors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $89K per year. In the world of Associate Media Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $63K and $115K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $5K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Associate Media Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Associate Media Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,100 - $112,229
MEDIAN: $89,083

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$62,100 - $112,229  
$0.00 - $14,376  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $5,034  
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).
$62,644 - $115,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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Job Description for Associate Media Director

The duties performed by an associate media director vary by employer, but these professionals generally provide support to a media director in overseeing their company's communications efforts. Typical day-to-day responsibilities of an associate media director include developing strategies and tactics for selling products in the current market, seeking new business opportunities, and developing communications materials. They must also communicate with a variety of media agencies, direct and supervise subordinates, and communicate with clients and contractors as needed. Associate media directors help oversee media/communications materials released by their employer as well, ensuring they are free of typos and attractive to the target audience These professionals generally work in an office setting, although they may be required to travel to meet with clients. This position is generally full time and takes place during office hours, although overtime may be required to meet deadlines or attend events.


Associate Media Director Tasks

  • Conduct research to determine advertising trends and the best strategies for reaching the client’s target audience.
  • Direct and coordinate the work of project teams and ensure deadlines and quality standards are met.
  • Work with clients to plan and implement media strategies, propose project ideas, and keep clients up to date with project progress.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report advertising campaign impact and results, making changes when necessary.

Common Career Paths for Associate Media Director

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For Associate Media Directors, a move to the Media Director role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Media Directors typically make $71K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Media Director

Survey results show that Associate Media Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Media Management, Strategic Planning, and Media / Public Relations can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations. Those familiar with Media Management also tend to know Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Media Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $92K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $91K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

Associate Media Directors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 8 percent. Associate Media Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (7 percent less) and Denver (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Associate Media Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate Media Director Salaries

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Media / Public Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%