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Media Specialist Salary

Media Specialists in the United States take home approximately $42K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Media Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men working as Media Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,866 - $63,743
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$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,996
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$11.57 - $29.16
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,866 - $63,743  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$27,979 - $63,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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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$27,979 - $63,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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


Media Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Hardware, Web Content Management, Media Management, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Information Technology Support, Social Media Marketing, and Graphic Design. It is often found that people who know Media / Public Relations are also skilled in Social Media Marketing and Graphic Design. It is often found that people who know Video Editing are also skilled in 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.


Media Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, Media Specialists make $48K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Media Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%


Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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 5%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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