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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
$32,170
25th Percentile Wage
$43,260
50th Percentile Wage
$61,090
75th Percentile Wage
$88,920
90th Percentile Wage
$128,160

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 $128,160. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid public relations specialists is $32,170.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of public relations specialists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,0902.72%1.88%
201559,4300.30%-
201459,250-1.10%-
201359,900-0.07%-
201259,940--

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

The average salaries of public relations specialists in 15 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 $86,290. The lowest paying industry is the veterinary services industry (annual salary $29,390). For detailed public relations specialist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Testing Laboratories
$86,290
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$76,360
Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,450
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$73,550
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$71,530
Engineering Services
$67,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$64,820
Legal Services
$62,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,090
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$60,170
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$60,110
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$59,490
Specialized Design Services
$57,360
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,900
Veterinary Services
$29,390

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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