Public Relations Specialist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of public relations specialists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare public relations specialist salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Public Relations Specialists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,200
25th Percentile Wage
$47,240
50th Percentile Wage
$63,650
75th Percentile Wage
$84,180
90th Percentile Wage
$106,060

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $106,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid public relations specialists is $36,200.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,650
1.74% 7.13%
2016
$62,540
1.92% -
2015
$61,340
0.77% -
2014
$60,870
2.04% -
2013
$59,630
0.87% -
2012
$59,110
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Compare Public Relations Specialist Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of public relations specialists in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $93,360. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $54,970). For detailed public relations specialist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$93,360
Federal government, including USPS
$93,270
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$63,650
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$59,400
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,930
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$56,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,110
State government, including schools and hospitals
$54,970

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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