Media Specialist Salary

Pay for Media Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Media Specialists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,696 - $62,446
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,557
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$11.70 - $29.08
(Median)
$12
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,696 - $62,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$28,998 - $62,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $29.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.38 - $44.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$28,998 - $62,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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 Specialist Tasks

  • Collaborate with other teams to align marketing and product efforts.
  • Coordinate media campaign.
  • Design and distribute multimedia content to promote brand’s product or services.
  • Evaluate media effectiveness by tracking and analyzing key metrics.

Common Career Paths for Media Specialist


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Many Media Specialists move into a School Library Media Specialist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. School Library Media Specialists on average bring in a similar salary to Media Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist


Survey results suggest that Media Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Hardware, Information Technology Support, Web Content Management, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media Management, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Video Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Graphic Design and Social Media Marketing. Those educated in Media / Public Relations tend to be well versed 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.


For many Media Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $39K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. Media Specialists bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Media Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $57K.

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Media Specialist Salaries

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 19%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 9%

Web Content Management
up arrow 7%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
0%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%


Media Management
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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