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Public Relations Specialist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of public relations specialists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare public relations specialist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Public Relations Specialists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,060
25th Percentile Wage
$45,780
50th Percentile Wage
$63,330
75th Percentile Wage
$92,320
90th Percentile Wage
$131,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) public relations specialists is $131,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid public relations specialists is $34,060.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of public relations specialists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,330
3.54% 5.35%
2016
$61,090
2.72% -
2015
$59,430
0.30% -
2014
$59,250
-1.10% -
2013
$59,900
-0.07% -
2012
$59,940
- -

Compare Public Relations Specialist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of public relations specialists in 16 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for public relations specialist occupations is the testing laboratories industry with an annual salary $84,160. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $26,160). For detailed public relations specialist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Testing Laboratories
$84,160
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$78,340
Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,780
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$73,290
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$71,850
Engineering Services
$68,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$66,510
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,830
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,330
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$62,660
Legal Services
$62,040
Specialized Design Services
$60,720
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$59,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$59,820
Veterinary Services
$29,390
Photographic Services
$26,160

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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