Media Specialist Salary

Median pay for Media Specialists in the United States is around $43K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Media Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Men working as Media Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,696 - $62,446
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$31K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,557
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$11.70 - $29.08
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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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Common Career Paths for Media Specialist


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For Media Specialists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Media Specialists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like School Library Media Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist


Survey results suggest that Media Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Media Management, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people experienced in Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. Most people who know Video Editing also know 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. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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%

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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