Media Specialist Salary

Media Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Media Specialists making up 50 percent of survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,275 - $62,983

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$11.66 - $29.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,275 - $62,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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).
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$28,691 - $62,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $29.41  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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).
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$28,691 - $62,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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Job Description for Media Specialist

Media specialists create audio, video, and other media content for their organization; this may include 2-D and 3-D computer graphics and animation, photography, and film/video productions. Media specialists are most commonly employed in the advertising and entertainment industries, and their job responsibilities may vary slightly depending on the employer.

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Common Career Paths for Media Specialist


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Media Specialists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like School Library Media Specialist. Median pay for School Library Media Specialists is $41K.

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist


Media Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Hardware, Web Content Management, Media Management, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Social Media Marketing, and Information Technology Support. Those who learned Video Editing also tend to know Graphic Design and Social Media Marketing. Most people familiar with Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $43K. Media Specialists bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Media Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $57K.

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Media Specialist Salaries

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 19%

Web Content Management
up arrow 7%

Media Management
up arrow 6%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 6%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 7%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%
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