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Senior Media Buyer Salary

Earnings for Senior Media Buyers in the United States come in at around $53K annually on average. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Senior Media Buyers survey respondents are women (76 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,545 - $75,292
MEDIAN: $53,137

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$40,545 - $75,292  
$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).
$40,959 - $75,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. As Senior Media Buyers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 19 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%