Media Supervisor Salary (United States)

Media Supervisors in the United States can typically expect wages of $65,473 annually. The top of the range reaches $83,284 per year, and the bottom approaches $48,767. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Female Media Supervisors are more common than men; more than half (64 percent) of Media Supervisors are women. Most Media Supervisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,348 - $82,100
MEDIAN: $64,829
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National Salary Data

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$49,348 - $82,100  
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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).
$48,767 - $83,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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Job Description for Media Supervisor

The media supervisor typically oversees all media-related assignments within an organization. This includes developing and implementing media campaigns and marketing plans (which may include print, broadcast, and Internet campaigns). Media supervisors must have the ability to oversee a media project from creation to completion, as well as work cooperatively with supervisors and colleagues within their organization.
Media Supervisor Tasks
  • Interact with and build strong relationships with clients to best meet their needs.
  • Analyze, report on, and interpret media data to provide strategic direction to direct reports, senior management, and clients.
  • Create powerful and interactive media campaigns and presentations.
  • Direct strategy and overall planning for media department, including evaluative criteria.
  • Negotiate effectively with clients and vendors.

Common Career Paths for Media Supervisor

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Compensation may increase greatly for Media Supervisors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Associate Media Director may make an additional $22K per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Media Supervisor

Survey results show that Media Supervisors use a fair number of skills. Microsoft Excel and Marketing Communications are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations. Those proficient in Media Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Supervisor

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For Media Supervisors, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $65K climbs to $66K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $67K. After a couple decades on the job, Media Supervisors see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Media Supervisors that is 18 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Media Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Media Supervisor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Media Supervisor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 5%
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