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Media Specialist Salary

Media Specialists in the United States take home approximately $42K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Media Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,949 - $63,535
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$30K
$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,076
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$11.57 - $29.16
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,949 - $63,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$28,047 - $62,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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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$28,047 - $62,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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 who go on to become School Library Media Specialists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a School Library Media Specialist, an upper-level role, pays $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 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Information Technology Support, Social Media Marketing, and Graphic Design. Most people experienced in Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Video Editing are similarly competent 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.


For Media Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Media Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $39K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $43K. On average, Media Specialists make $48K following one to two decades on the job. 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 36%



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 5%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 6%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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