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Senior Media Buyer Salary

Senior Media Buyers in the United States take home approximately $53K annually on average. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Media Buyers making up 76 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,604 - $76,178
MEDIAN: $53,137

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$40,604 - $76,178  
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $4,250  
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).
$41,040 - $76,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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Job Description for Senior Media Buyer

Senior media buyers are responsible for all media-buying for their clients and conduct research and planning to determine what is needed. Outstanding research and negotiating skills are important in this position, as they must be able to recognize valuable opportunities from all angles. Good interpersonal skills, the ability to work well on teams, and an affinity for media are also important.


Senior Media Buyer Tasks

  • Review invoices from media companies and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Negotiate advertising contracts with media companies to determine pricing and schedules.
  • Buy media advertising space for clients, and provide estimates of audience and costs.
  • Make sure clients receive compensation for advertisements that do not run when planned.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Media Buyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Senior Media Buyers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. Senior Media Buyers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $61K.

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Experience Affects Senior Media Buyer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


76 %
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%