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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Public Relations Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,090
25th Percentile Wage
$42,450
50th Percentile Wage
$58,020
75th Percentile Wage
$79,650
90th Percentile Wage
$110,560

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 $110,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,090. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 244% 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 public relations specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,0202.15%6.64%
201556,7701.92%-
201455,6801.33%-
201354,9401.40%-
201254,170--

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 $73,160. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $45,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$73,160
Mining
$69,220
Manufacturing
$68,170
Finance and Insurance
$67,900
Transportation and Warehousing
$67,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,330
Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,090
Information
$60,150
Wholesale Trade
$58,570
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$57,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,330
Construction
$55,330
Educational Services
$53,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,620
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$48,890
Retail Trade
$48,210
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$47,280
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$47,090
Accommodation and Food Services
$45,780

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 $27,900 to $78,170. The highest paying state for public relations specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $78,170. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $27,900. 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
$78,170
Connecticut
$68,860
California
$67,230
Virginia
$67,120
New Jersey
$65,230
Rhode Island
$65,130
Washington
$63,920
Massachusetts
$62,650
Idaho
$61,480
Alaska
$60,830
Maryland
$60,810
New York
$60,320
Illinois
$58,420
Oregon
$57,260
Minnesota
$56,750
New Hampshire
$56,660
Delaware
$56,490
Texas
$56,280
North Carolina
$55,740
New Mexico
$55,580
Michigan
$54,820
Pennsylvania
$54,670
Florida
$54,550
Wyoming
$54,380
Hawaii
$54,050
Arizona
$53,850
Iowa
$53,110
Colorado
$53,030
Georgia
$52,730
Utah
$52,360
Wisconsin
$52,270
Ohio
$52,120
Nevada
$51,540
Maine
$51,530
North Dakota
$51,100
Missouri
$50,970
Tennessee
$50,770
Vermont
$50,440
Kentucky
$49,910
West Virginia
$49,800
Kansas
$49,250
Nebraska
$47,930
Indiana
$47,700
South Carolina
$46,520
Alabama
$46,230
Montana
$46,150
Arkansas
$44,630
South Dakota
$44,320
Louisiana
$44,210
Oklahoma
$43,900
Virgin Islands
$40,440
Mississippi
$38,040
Puerto Rico
$27,900


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