Media Specialist Salary

Media Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $42K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Media Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Most Media Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,057 - $62,850
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,816
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90%

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$11.66 - $29.41
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,057 - $62,850  
   
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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$28,298 - $62,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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$28,298 - $62,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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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, 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. Most people who know Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. Those familiar with Video Editing tend to be well versed in Graphic Design and Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Media Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. Media Specialists see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$41,000


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
$41,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 5%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
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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