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Public Relations Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of public relations specialists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of public relations specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The public relations specialists 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. Public Relations Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,840
25th Percentile Wage
$43,550
50th Percentile Wage
$59,300
75th Percentile Wage
$80,940
90th Percentile Wage
$112,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) public relations specialists is $112,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,840. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 241% 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 public relations specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,300
2.16% 8.65%
2016
$58,020
2.15% -
2015
$56,770
1.92% -
2014
$55,680
1.33% -
2013
$54,940
1.40% -
2012
$54,170
- -

Table 2. Public Relations Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of public relations specialists 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 public relations specialists occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $72,800. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $45,880).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$72,800
Manufacturing
$68,630
Finance and Insurance
$68,580
Mining
$67,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,330
Transportation and Warehousing
$61,610
Information
$60,370
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,620
Wholesale Trade
$59,590
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,890
Educational Services
$54,690
Construction
$53,200
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,670
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$51,630
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,710
Retail Trade
$46,300
Accommodation and Food Services
$45,880

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Public Relations Specialists by States

From the above tables we note that not only public relations specialists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of public relations specialists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $29,370 to $83,810. The highest paying state for public relations specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $83,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $29,370. For more salary information of public relations specialists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$83,810
Virginia
$70,990
Connecticut
$67,300
California
$65,880
Washington
$65,670
New Jersey
$64,580
Massachusetts
$63,700
Nevada
$63,660
Alaska
$62,730
Rhode Island
$62,690
New York
$62,540
Idaho
$61,370
Maryland
$60,070
Oregon
$59,670
Illinois
$59,070
Hawaii
$57,800
North Carolina
$57,600
Minnesota
$57,590
Delaware
$57,260
Colorado
$56,760
Texas
$56,430
Wisconsin
$56,350
Michigan
$56,220
Pennsylvania
$55,960
Ohio
$55,880
New Hampshire
$55,660
North Dakota
$55,520
Georgia
$54,990
Florida
$54,830
Maine
$54,470
Tennessee
$53,900
New Mexico
$53,750
West Virginia
$53,310
Arizona
$53,020
Missouri
$52,750
Vermont
$51,960
Iowa
$51,680
Wyoming
$50,810
Kansas
$49,930
Utah
$49,660
Arkansas
$49,650
Montana
$48,390
Nebraska
$48,370
Guam
$47,220
Indiana
$47,030
South Carolina
$46,170
Kentucky
$46,060
Alabama
$45,580
South Dakota
$45,520
Oklahoma
$45,170
Virgin Islands
$43,110
Louisiana
$42,400
Mississippi
$38,210
Puerto Rico
$29,370



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