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Working as a Senior Media Buyer

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a senior media buyer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $33.14 an hour? That's $68,934 a year!

What Does a Senior Media Buyer Do

There are certain skills that many senior media buyers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, speaking skills and writing skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a senior media buyer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.1% of senior media buyers included email campaigns, while 7.3% of resumes included roi, and 7.0% of resumes included direct response. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the senior media buyer job title. But what industry to start with? Most senior media buyers actually find jobs in the media and professional industries.

How To Become a Senior Media Buyer

If you're interested in becoming a senior media buyer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 73.7% of senior media buyers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 10.2% of senior media buyers have master's degrees. Even though most senior media buyers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a senior media buyer. When we researched the most common majors for a senior media buyer, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on senior media buyer resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a senior media buyer. In fact, many senior media buyer jobs require experience in a role such as media buyer. Meanwhile, many senior media buyers also have previous career experience in roles such as assistant media buyer or media planner and buyer.

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Average Salary for a Senior Media Buyer

Senior Media Buyers in America make an average salary of $68,934 per year or $33 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $82,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $57,000 per year.
Average Salary
$68,934

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Senior Media Buyer
Senior Media Buyer
Hamilton Porter
Hamilton Porter
12/31/2019
12/31/2019
$70,00012/31/2019
$70,000
Senior Media Buyer
Senior Media Buyer
Vendome Partners International
Vendome Partners International
12/31/2019
12/31/2019
$70,00012/31/2019
$70,000
Senior Media Buyer
Senior Media Buyer
Fracture
Fracture
12/31/2019
12/31/2019
$75,00012/31/2019
$75,000
Senior Media Buyer
Senior Media Buyer
Unimed International Inc.
Unimed International Inc.
03/18/2017
03/18/2017
$50,00003/18/2017
$50,000
Senior Media Buyer
Senior Media Buyer
Survey Sampling International LLC
Survey Sampling International LLC
03/29/2012
03/29/2012
$95,00003/29/2012
$95,000

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Senior Media Buyer Demographics

Gender

female

54.9 %

male

41.6 %

unknown

3.6 %

Ethnicity

White

72.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

10.6 %

Black or African American

8.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4 %

Portuguese

11.1 %

French

11.1 %
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Senior Media Buyer Education

Majors

Business
21.0 %
Marketing
15.7 %

Degrees

Bachelors

73.7 %

Masters

10.2 %

Associate

5.9 %

Top Colleges for Senior Media Buyers

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. Bentley University

Waltham, MA

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177

3. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

4. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

5. SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

In-State Tuition
$8,369
Enrollment
5,229

6. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

7. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

8. Baylor University

Waco, TX

In-State Tuition
$45,542
Enrollment
14,159

9. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,853
Enrollment
14,759

10. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819
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Top Skills For a Senior Media Buyer

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 12.1% of senior media buyers listed email campaigns on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and speaking skills are important as well.

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Top Senior Media Buyer Employers

1. Best Buy
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$41,853
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
77+
2. Horizon Media
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$58,484
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
8+
3. Grey Global Group
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$63,465
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
7+
4. Carat
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$59,030
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
7+
5. GSD&M
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$77,981
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
7+
6. Universal McCann Worldwide
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$69,114
Senior Media Buyers Hired: 
6+

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Updated October 2, 2020