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Media Specialist Salary (United States)

For Media Specialists, annual average wages total $42K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Media Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Media Specialist Salary (?
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$29,622 - $64,566
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MEDIAN: $41,673
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Media Specialist Salary (?
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$11.63 - $28.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,622 - $64,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,579  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $3,750  
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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$27,359 - $63,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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$11.63 - $28.43  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $43.78  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,579  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $3,750  
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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$27,359 - $63,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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.

Media Specialist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Audiovisual Hardware, Web Design, and Web Content Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 19 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Information Technology Support, Social Media Marketing, and Graphic Design. For most people, competency in Media / Public Relations indicates knowledge of 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.
For many Media Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $43K. Media Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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Miami
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National Average
$41,000
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With a pay rate for Media Specialists that is 31 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Media Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent) and Miami (+7 percent).

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Media Specialist Salaries

Audiovisual Hardware
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Web Design
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Web Content Management
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Media Management
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Video Editing
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National Average
$41,000
Media / Public Relations
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Graphic Design
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Social Media Marketing
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%