What does a Media Planner do?

A media planner is responsible for identifying which media platforms are best to advertise a client's brand or product. They work within advertising agencies or media planning and buying agencies with the aim of maximizing the impact of advertising campaigns through a range of media platforms like radio, television, Internet, and billboards. Additionally, media planners use mathematical formulas to analyze demographic data in order to determine what type of advertising would best suit their goals.

A bachelor's degree in Marketing or similar field along with 4 years of demonstrable experience in a similar role. Successful media planners possess excellent communication and teamwork skills and have an analytical mind with an aptitude for statistics and math.

What responsibilities are common for Media Planner jobs?
  • Collaborate with clients and the account team to understand the clients business objectives and advertising strategy
  • Work on several projects simultaneously, often for several different clients
  • Effectively communicate with the creative agency team, clients and consumers to develop media strategies and campaigns
  • Execute decisions on the best form of media for specific clients and campaigns
  • Undertake research and analyze data using specialist industry resources
  • Identify target audiences and analyze their characteristics, behavior and media habits
  • Present proposals, including cost schedules, to clients in a timely manner
  • Develop and maintain good contacts with media owners, such as newspapers, magazines, and websites
What are the typical qualifications for Media Planner jobs?
  • 3+ years experience as a media planner or similar role
  • Broad knowledge of media channels
  • Familiarity with campaign evaluation metrics and media buying
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Working knowledge of analytics tools (e.g. GfK MRI, MOAT, Nielsen IMS)
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with IT resources such as databases and spreadsheets, for the collection and management of information
  • Deeply analytical mind with an aptitude for statistics and math
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Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Media Planner make?

Confident
$89,623 /yr
Total Pay
$68,325
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$21,298
 /yr

Additional Pay

$89,623

 / yr
$48K$249K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Media Planner Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
52%
5 - 7
7%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Media Planner Insights

Read what Media Planner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
iProspectiProspect
SEO Digital Planner
Jun 1, 2020

“The people who work at Pro are amazing people and are really great to work with.”

Havas MediaHavas Media
Media Planner/Buyer
Mar 3, 2020

“I was especially lucky because my team was so awesome and I walked away with some life long friends.”

MerkleMerkle
Media Planner
Aug 14, 2020

“An investigation proved most people felt abused and the ECD was fired and the CEO was relieved of his responsibilities.”

ToinenPHD Oy
Media Planner
Dec 16, 2021

“Opportunities to grow but the compensation for your work is not growing at the same pace.”

CMI Media GroupCMI Media Group
Associate Media Planner
Mar 5, 2021

“Work from home twice a week was a pro pre covid but had just become a norm.”

Active InternationalActive International
Media Planner
Jun 9, 2021

“Promotions are rare and pay is not great”

M&C Saatchi PerformanceM&C Saatchi Performance
Senior Media Planner/Buyer
Apr 6, 2021

“Felt lucky to work with such smart people and bringing my dog to work was also a major plus!”

Havas MediaHavas Media
Senior Media Planner
Oct 29, 2021

“nice place to work and eviroment”

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