Media Specialist Salary (United States)

With 51 percent of Media Specialists reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $40,879 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $26,851 to $63,673 per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 55 percent. For the most part, Media Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Media Specialist Salary (?
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$29,643 - $64,473
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MEDIAN: $42,000
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Media Specialist Salary (?
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$11.23 - $25.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,643 - $64,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$26,851 - $63,673  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $44.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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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$26,851 - $63,673  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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For Media Specialists, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Typically, a School Library Media Specialist, an upper-level role, will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder.

Media Specialist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist

Survey results show that Media Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Audiovisual Hardware, Web Design, and Media Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Information Technology (IT) Support, Graphic Design, and Social Media Marketing. Those who learned Video Editing also tend to know Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Media / Public Relations are similarly competent 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 Media Specialists, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. At career start, salaries are typically $39K, which grows only modestly to $42K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $48K. Though minimal, Media Specialists continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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Miami
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National Average
$41,000
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For Media Specialists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Media Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+10 percent) and Miami (+8 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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Media Management
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Web Content Management
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National Average
$41,000
Media / Public Relations
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Social Media Marketing
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Graphic Design
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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