The salary statistics of media and communication workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of media and communication workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of media and communication workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The media and communication workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for media and communication workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) media and communication workers is $105,850. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,800. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 294% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of media and communication workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of media and communication workers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for media and communication workers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $75,130. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $36,810).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
The average annual salary of media and communication worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.
|Occupation||Median Annual Salary|
|Technical Writers|| |
|Writers and Editors|| |
|Writers and Authors|| |
|Public Relations Specialists|| |
|Broadcast News Analysts|| |
|Interpreters and Translators|| |
|Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers|| |
|Other Media and Communication Workers|| |
|News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents|| |
|Reporters and Correspondents|| |
|Radio and Television Announcers|| |
|Public Address System and Other Announcers|| |