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Associate Media Director Salary

Pay for Associate Media Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $89K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Associate Media Directors spread between $63K and $114K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Associate Media Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Associate Media Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$61,786 - $110,893
MEDIAN: $88,828

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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.
$61,786 - $110,893  
$0.00 - $10,193  
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).
$62,650 - $113,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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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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 $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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $91K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $90K on average. Associate Media Directors see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Associate Media Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

Associate Media Directors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 9 percent. Associate Media Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Denver (+6 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (8 percent less) and Chicago (6 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 77 votes.


66 %
34 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%