Public Relations Specialist Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for public relations specialists in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of public relations specialists amongst Washington metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Public Relations Specialists in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,660
25th Percentile Wage
$51,330
50th Percentile Wage
$65,670
75th Percentile Wage
$82,400
90th Percentile Wage
$106,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for public relations specialists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $106,840. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $65,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,660.

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
$65,670
2.66% 10.20%
2016
$63,920
2.05% -
2015
$62,610
1.44% -
2014
$61,710
3.18% -
2013
$59,750
1.31% -
2012
$58,970
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Public Relations Specialists in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of public relations specialists in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of public relations specialists in state of Washington ranges from $44,290 to $79,070. The highest paying area for public relations specialists in Washington is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $79,070. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $67,820). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $44,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$79,070
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$67,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$66,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$65,960
Bremerton-Silverdale
$65,070
Tacoma
$64,890
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$62,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$61,020
Yakima
$60,440
Spokane
$59,090
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$57,880
Olympia
$57,690
Longview
$54,810
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$54,790
Bellingham
$51,740
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$50,250
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,290




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