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Media and Communication Worker Salary Information

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Media and Communication Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,590
25th Percentile Wage
$39,230
50th Percentile Wage
$56,340
75th Percentile Wage
$78,600
90th Percentile Wage
$107,400

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 $107,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,590. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 289% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of media and communication workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$56,340
2.77% 9.60%
2016
$54,780
2.28% -
2015
$53,530
2.17% -
2014
$52,370
1.85% -
2013
$51,400
0.91% -
2012
$50,930
- -

Table 2. Media and Communication Worker Salary by Industry Sector

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 $75,150. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $36,140).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$75,150
Manufacturing
$69,880
Mining
$68,130
Finance and Insurance
$67,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,280
Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,440
Wholesale Trade
$62,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$60,800
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,260
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,750
Construction
$56,870
Educational Services
$52,080
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$52,000
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,800
Information
$49,730
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,870
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,070
Retail Trade
$47,360
Accommodation and Food Services
$36,140

Table 3. Salaries of Media and Communication Worker Related Occupations

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
Writers and Authors
$75,700
Broadcast News Analysts
$74,510
Editors
$70,880
Interpreters and Translators
$68,520
Writers and Editors
$62,720
Public Relations Specialists
$57,770
Technical Writers
$50,380
Reporters and Correspondents
$48,740
Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers
$47,360
Other Media and Communication Workers
$46,290
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
$40,910
Announcers
$31,500
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$31,340
Radio and Television Announcers
$0



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