Public Relations Specialist Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for public relations specialists in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of public relations specialists among Illinois cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Public Relations Specialists in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,960
25th Percentile Wage
$44,780
50th Percentile Wage
$59,070
75th Percentile Wage
$78,410
90th Percentile Wage
$101,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $101,050. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,960.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of public relations specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,070
1.10% 4.01%
2016
$58,420
-3.18% -
2015
$60,280
-2.80% -
2014
$61,970
-2.28% -
2013
$63,380
10.54% -
2012
$56,700
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Public Relations Specialists in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of public relations specialists in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of public relations specialists in state of Illinois ranges from $41,800 to $70,180. The highest paying area for public relations specialists in Illinois is Peoria with a median annual salary of $70,180. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Bloomington-Normal (mean annual salary $67,690). The lowest paying area is Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,800.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Peoria
$70,180
Bloomington-Normal
$67,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$59,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$59,020
Springfield
$54,840
Champaign-Urbana
$50,530
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$47,480
Kankakee-Bradley
$46,700
Rockford
$43,880
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$42,290
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,800




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