Media Specialist Salary

Media Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Media Specialists (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Work is enjoyable for Media Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,077 - $62,727
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,847
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$11.68 - $29.37
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,077 - $62,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$28,367 - $62,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $29.37  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $45.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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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$28,367 - $62,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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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Media Specialists who transition into an upper level School Library Media Specialist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average School Library Media Specialist makes $41K a year.

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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, Web Content Management, Media Management, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Information Technology Support, and Social Media Marketing. Most people who know Media / Public Relations also know Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. The majority of those 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.


For Media Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger 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 $43K. Media Specialists see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Media Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $56K.

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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%

Web Content Management
up arrow 7%

Media Management
up arrow 6%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 6%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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