Associate Media Director Salary

The average Associate Media Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $88K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Associate Media Directors can bottom out near $62K or peak near $114K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Associate Media Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Associate Media Directors (65 percent) survey participants are women. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$61,682 - $110,489
MEDIAN: $88,457

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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.
$61,682 - $110,489  
$0.00 - $10,287  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $5,051  
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).
$62,392 - $113,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304

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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.

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Popular Skills for Associate Media Director

Associate Media Directors report a narrow range of specific 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 educated in Media Management tend to be well versed in Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Media Director

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

People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $90K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $90K. Associate Media Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 10 percent, Associate Media Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate Media Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Detroit and 3 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.


65 %
35 %

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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%