Median pay for Associate Media Directors in the United States is around $93K per year. Geographic location 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. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. Female Associate Media Directors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$72,628 - $114,612
MEDIAN: $93,468

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$72,628 - $114,612  
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$73,544 - $116,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 189

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Associate Media Director

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Associate Media Directors may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Media Director. That position usually brings in $73K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Media Director

Associate Media Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Search Engine Marketing, Project Management, Social Media Marketing, and Online Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Those proficient in Media Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

Associate Media Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $91K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $99K. As Associate Media Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,922

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Associate Media Directors in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Associate Media Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+8 percent) and New York (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (9 percent less) and Denver (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Associate Media Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate Media Director Salaries

Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
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Social Media Marketing
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Project Management
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Online Marketing
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


68 %
32 %

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: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 5%