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Highest Paying Industries for Public Relations Specialists

The top 100 highest paying industries for public relations specialists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $89,970, semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing is the highest paying industry for public relations specialists. It is followed by postal service (federal government) industry (average annual salary $88,890). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of public relations specialists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Public Relations Specialists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$89,970
n/a
2 Postal Service (federal government)
$88,890
80
3 Federal government, including USPS
$88,220
5,110
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$88,190
5,030
5 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$87,480
40
6 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$85,920
n/a
7 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$84,400
80
8 Specialized Freight Trucking
$84,350
40
9 Truck Transportation
$81,840
40
10 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$81,310
n/a
11 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$80,500
90
12 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$80,470
n/a
13 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$79,490
830
14 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$77,460
150
15 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$76,910
380
16 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$76,690
230
17 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$76,590
450
18 Software Publishers
$74,520
1,060
19 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$73,930
50
20 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$73,820
90
21 Water Transportation
$73,210
90
22 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$72,510
220
23 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$72,310
260
24 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$71,950
1,090
25 Rail Transportation
$71,880
90
26 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$71,740
50
27 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$71,370
60
28 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$70,660
520
29 Pipeline Transportation
$69,990
70
30 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$69,950
1,420
31 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$69,890
1,350
32 Transportation and Warehousing
$69,730
770
33 Utilities
$69,700
1,540
34 Natural Gas Distribution
$69,390
170
35 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$69,330
50
36 Scientific Research and Development Services
$69,200
2,260
37 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$69,130
50
38 Apparel Manufacturing
$69,080
70
39 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$69,050
50
40 Other Financial Investment Activities
$68,330
600
41 Support Activities for Mining
$68,270
160
42 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$68,040
850
43 Manufacturing
$67,390
3,370
44 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$67,310
520
45 Metal Ore Mining
$67,250
40
46 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$66,580
50
47 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$66,440
250
48 Mining
$66,100
520
49 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$65,950
60
50 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$65,800
2,690
51 Air Transportation
$65,660
190
52 Telecommunications
$65,530
1,050
53 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$65,220
240
54 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$65,070
180
55 Machinery Manufacturing
$65,070
360
56 Oil and Gas Extraction
$64,980
310
57 Scheduled Air Transportation
$64,930
170
58 Engineering Services
$64,880
810
59 Other Insurance Related Activities
$64,790
290
60 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,420
9,050
61 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$64,090
320
62 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$63,560
1,620
63 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$63,020
40
64 Insurance Carriers
$63,000
3,050
65 Support Activities for Transportation
$62,970
70
66 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$62,870
80
67 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$62,860
30
68 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$62,840
2,950
69 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$62,830
680
70 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$62,720
3,950
71 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$62,660
980
72 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$62,560
80
73 Finance and Insurance
$62,520
8,240
74 Other Information Services
$62,520
1,220
75 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$62,270
110
76 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$62,200
570
77 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$62,170
450
78 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$62,100
410
79 Hospitals - State government owned
$61,830
210
80 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$61,780
1,300
81 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$61,610
900
82 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$61,390
240
83 Other Telecommunications
$61,280
140
84 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$60,870
20,750
85 Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,870
20,750
86 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$60,840
150
87 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$60,740
220
88 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$60,570
150
89 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$60,270
40
90 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$60,240
2,080
91 Wholesale Trade
$60,210
2,820
92 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$60,180
50
93 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$60,160
600
94 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$60,080
830
95 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
$59,890
40
96 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$59,780
360
97 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$59,650
890
98 Chemical Manufacturing
$59,360
270
99 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$59,260
40
100 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,250
50,890
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