Public Relations Specialist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for public relations specialists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of public relations specialists among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Public Relations Specialists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,210
25th Percentile Wage
$47,930
50th Percentile Wage
$67,230
75th Percentile Wage
$95,610
90th Percentile Wage
$129,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $129,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $67,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,210.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.45
25th Percentile Wage
$23.05
50th Percentile Wage
$32.32
75th Percentile Wage
$45.97
90th Percentile Wage
$62.28

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for public relations specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $62.28. The median hourly salary is $32.32. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.45.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of public relations specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201667,2303.05%4.79%
201565,1800.72%-
201464,7102.86%-
201362,860-1.83%-
201264,010--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Public Relations Specialists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of public relations specialists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of public relations specialists in state of California ranges from $34,930 to $84,870. The highest paying area for public relations specialists in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $84,870. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $75,630). The lowest paying area is El Centro with a median annual salary of $34,930.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$84,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$75,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$74,000
Salinas
$71,910
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$70,420
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$69,620
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,050
Vallejo-Fairfield
$67,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$64,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$64,820
Merced
$63,580
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,260
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$60,410
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$59,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$57,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$55,740
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$55,050
Bakersfield-Delano
$54,810
Napa
$54,610
Redding
$54,490
Modesto
$51,540
Fresno
$47,370
Chico
$47,270
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$46,660
Stockton
$46,350
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$45,600
Visalia-Porterville
$41,610
El Centro
$34,930



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