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Associate Media Director Salary

Average Associate Media Directors in the United States make around $89K annually. With some bonuses approaching $14K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Associate Media Directors spread between $62K and $116K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Associate Media Directors (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Associate Media Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,852 - $112,955
MEDIAN: $89,162

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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.
$61,852 - $112,955  
$0.00 - $14,431  
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).
$62,491 - $116,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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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 considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Media Director position, where pay tends to be around $71K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Media Director

Professional skills reported by Associate Media Directors are few in number. Those who have experience with Media Management, Strategic Planning, and Media / Public Relations can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations. Most people skilled in Media Management are similarly competent 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.

The average inexperienced worker earns $92K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $91K. For Associate Media Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $89K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Associate Media Directors, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 8 percent greater than the national average. Associate Media Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Detroit and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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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.


64 %
36 %

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: 69% employee benefits None: 7%