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Media Specialist Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, close to one-half of Media Specialists report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $42K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men working as Media Specialists just barely outnumber women at 55 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Media Specialists. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Media Specialist Salary (?
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$29,643 - $64,473
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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  
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  
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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  
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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Media Specialists' salary tends to stay somewhat for those who assume higher-end positions like School Library Media Specialist. School Library Media Specialists tend to get paid $41K.

Media Specialist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Media Specialist

Media Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Information Technology Support, Graphic Design, and Social Media Marketing. Most people who know Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. Most people experienced in Video Editing also know Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Media Specialists see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. 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 of $53K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Media Specialists, 32 percent above the national average. 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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$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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$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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

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%