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Highest Paying States for Public Relations Specialists

The highest paying states 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 of public relations specialists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $83,810, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for public relations specialists. It is followed by Virginia (average annual salary $70,990). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of public relations specialists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Public Relations Specialists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$83,810
$44,790 17,350
2 Virginia
$70,990
$40,000 6,680
3 Connecticut
$67,300
$38,620 1,580
4 California
$65,880
$34,400 26,890
5 Washington
$65,670
$39,660 5,860
6 New Jersey
$64,580
$30,600 4,100
7 Massachusetts
$63,700
$38,290 6,820
8 Nevada
$63,660
$34,460 1,200
9 Alaska
$62,730
$36,640 380
10 Rhode Island
$62,690
$40,060 1,090
11 New York
$62,540
$33,030 24,470
12 Idaho
$61,370
$32,080 630
13 Maryland
$60,070
$33,190 3,500
14 Oregon
$59,670
$34,230 3,080
15 Illinois
$59,070
$33,960 6,230
16 Hawaii
$57,800
$34,680 1,190
17 North Carolina
$57,600
$36,770 4,620
18 Minnesota
$57,590
$35,200 4,920
19 Delaware
$57,260
$32,410 630
20 Colorado
$56,760
$30,540 4,700
21 Texas
$56,430
$30,550 27,780
22 Wisconsin
$56,350
$33,250 3,610
23 Michigan
$56,220
$31,940 5,710
24 Pennsylvania
$55,960
$30,370 9,040
25 Ohio
$55,880
$33,040 6,500
26 New Hampshire
$55,660
$33,840 1,200
27 North Dakota
$55,520
$34,580 470
28 Georgia
$54,990
$28,750 5,110
29 Florida
$54,830
$32,170 11,030
30 Maine
$54,470
$33,420 1,180
31 Tennessee
$53,900
$30,650 2,040
32 New Mexico
$53,750
$29,250 940
33 West Virginia
$53,310
$31,790 350
34 Arizona
$53,020
$31,130 2,930
35 Missouri
$52,750
$29,930 5,140
36 Vermont
$51,960
$32,540 1,050
37 Iowa
$51,680
$30,250 1,630
38 Wyoming
$50,810
$26,410 410
39 Kansas
$49,930
$29,390 2,080
40 Utah
$49,660
$32,580 1,770
41 Arkansas
$49,650
$28,600 920
42 Montana
$48,390
$30,460 600
43 Nebraska
$48,370
$28,310 1,410
44 Guam
$47,220
$24,410 30
45 Indiana
$47,030
$27,430 3,400
46 South Carolina
$46,170
$25,470 2,000
47 Kentucky
$46,060
$27,610 2,220
48 Alabama
$45,580
$25,950 1,760
49 South Dakota
$45,520
$31,740 830
50 Oklahoma
$45,170
$21,110 2,000
51 Virgin Islands
$43,110
$25,360 40
52 Louisiana
$42,400
$25,640 1,330
53 Mississippi
$38,210
$28,210 1,360
54 Puerto Rico
$29,370
$17,910 960
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