Senior Media Buyer Salary

Earnings for Senior Media Buyers in the United States come in at around $54K annually on average. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. There are far more female Senior Media Buyers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Senior Media Buyers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,716 - $78,447
MEDIAN: $53,939

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$40,874 - $79,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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.

Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. Senior Media Buyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $58K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


82 %
18 %

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: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%