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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,410
25th Percentile Wage
$49,620
50th Percentile Wage
$63,920
75th Percentile Wage
$81,010
90th Percentile Wage
$107,470

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 $107,470. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $63,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,410.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18.95
25th Percentile Wage
$23.86
50th Percentile Wage
$30.73
75th Percentile Wage
$38.95
90th Percentile Wage
$51.67

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for public relations specialists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $51.67. The median hourly salary is $30.73. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18.95.

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
201663,9202.05%7.74%
201562,6101.44%-
201461,7103.18%-
201359,7501.31%-
201258,970--

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 $80,360. The highest paying area for public relations specialists in Washington is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $80,360. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett (mean annual salary $66,920). 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
$80,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$66,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$66,500
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$62,350
Tacoma
$61,080
Bremerton-Silverdale
$58,720
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$57,880
Yakima
$57,870
Olympia
$57,690
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$57,190
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$54,790
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$53,750
Spokane
$51,640
Bellingham
$49,200
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$46,460
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$44,290


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