Media Specialist Salary (United States)

Close to one-half of Media Specialists report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $40,879 per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $26,851 to $63,673 per year. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Media Specialists (55 percent). Work is enjoyable for Media Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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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 advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, 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

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Information Technology (IT) Support, Graphic Design, and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Media / Public Relations also tend to know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. Most people who know 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.
For Media Specialists, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salary growth can be slow for Media Specialists who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $39K to $42K. Earnings total $48K after one to two decades. As Media Specialists approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Media Specialists, 32 percent higher than 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

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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
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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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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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