National » Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media » Media and Communication Workers

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,800
25th Percentile Wage
$37,860
50th Percentile Wage
$54,780
75th Percentile Wage
$77,310
90th Percentile Wage
$105,850

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of media and communication workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,7802.28%7.03%
201553,5302.17%-
201452,3701.85%-
201351,4000.91%-
201250,930--

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 $75,130. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $36,810).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$75,130
Mining
$69,650
Manufacturing
$68,140
Finance and Insurance
$66,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,160
Wholesale Trade
$61,760
Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,270
Construction
$58,220
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,250
Educational Services
$50,710
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$49,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,550
Information
$47,850
Retail Trade
$47,680
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,940
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$45,280
Accommodation and Food Services
$36,810

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
Technical Writers
$69,850
Writers and Editors
$61,550
Writers and Authors
$61,240
Public Relations Specialists
$58,020
Editors
$57,210
Broadcast News Analysts
$56,680
Interpreters and Translators
$46,120
Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers
$45,460
Other Media and Communication Workers
$43,600
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
$38,870
Reporters and Correspondents
$37,820
Radio and Television Announcers
$31,400
Announcers
$30,830
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$28,940



Related:

Highest paying industries for media and communication workers.