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Media Specialist Salary

The average Media Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $42K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Media Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. For the most part, Media Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,792 - $64,514
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MEDIAN: $41,855
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$11.71 - $29.56
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,792 - $64,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
Total Pay (?
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$28,135 - $64,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $29.56  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $44.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
   
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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$28,135 - $64,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Hardware, Web Content Management, Media Management, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Information Technology Support, Social Media Marketing, and Media / Public Relations. It is often found that people who know Video Editing are also skilled in Graphic Design and Social Media Marketing. It is often found that people who know Media / Public Relations are also skilled in 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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $39K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $43K. Media Specialists see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Media Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $56K on average.

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%