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As the technology and media industries continue to fuse, San Francisco is becoming a popular destination for media jobs, as it is located a stone's throw away from the major technology-media giants of today. Technology companies are increasingly employing media professionals, as companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo all build out their massive media platforms for online audiences.

In San Francisco, the most popular media jobs are Reporters, Marketing Assistants, Creative Directors, Social Media Managers, Communications Executives, Media Planners, and PR Managers.

According to Glassdoor, some of the highest-rated media companies in San Francisco include Yahoo, ABC Network, CBS, and Google.

Some of the top cities for finding jobs in media tend to be Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. You could build a successful career in media in any one of these cities. However, out of those cities, San Francisco ranks third in terms of the total number of media jobs available and the average level of salaries in the field. Among those cities, about 9% of all media jobs are located in San Francisco.

The top ranked schools in San Francisco with programs and degrees in media are Stanford University ($44,169 per year, out-of-state), San Francisco State University ($18,372 per year, out-of-state)and Academy of Art University ($20,040 per year, out-of-state), according to rankings published by the Hollywood Reporter and Hack College in 2016.

Media professionals looking for an edge on job competition would be best to develop their online media skillsets. Successful media professionals today understand online trends and SEO techniques, and actively work to engage with their online audiences on a daily basis. Writers must craft their stories for fleeting online audiences. Advertising professionals must learn how to engage with audiences through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Some begin their careers in media as independent writers or bloggers, while others start as assistants, researchers, or editors.

Professionals working in media in San Francisco also tend to work in the following industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Marketing, Advertising, Scripted Film, Scripted Television, Design, Online and New Media, Blog or Vlog Production.

The following are estimates of salaries and wages for media jobs in San Francisco, which were compiled from Salary.com, Glassdoor, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Managing Editors - $114,000 per year, or $54.81 per hour

Publications Generalist Managers - $122,000 per year, or $58.65 per hour

Top Communications Executives - $263,000 per year, or $126.44 per hour

Media Design Managers - $117,000 per year, or $56.25 per hour

Creative Managers - $103,000 per year, or $49.52 per hour

Reporter II - $49,000 per year, or $23.56 per hour

Creative Directors - $141,000 per year, or $67.79 per hour

Reporter I - $41,000 per year, or $19.71 per hour

Reporter III - $61,000 per year, or $29.33 per hour

Senior Videographers - $75,000 per year, or $36.06 per hour

Media Product Development Managers - $101,000 per year, or $48.56 per hour

Production Assistants - $37,000 per year, or $17.79 per hour

Media Production Managers - $95,000 per year, or $45.67 per hour

Media Buyers - $76,000 per year, or $36.54 per hour

Broadcast Technicians - 56,000 per year, or $26.92 per hour

Media Planners - $64,000 per year, or $30.77 per hour

Media Relations Managers - $112,000 per year, or $53.85 per hour

Media Operations Managers - $96,000 per year, or $46.15 per hour

Media Program Directors - $83,000 per year, or $39.90 per hour

Media Production Directors - $174,000 per year, or $83.65 per hour


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