PR Specialists Salary 2017: How Much Money Do They Make

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Public Relations Specialists

Other names for this job might include Account Executive, Account Supervisor, Audience Coordinator, Campaign Manager, Communications Director, Communications Manager, Communications Specialist, Community Relations Manager, Concert Promoter, Consumer Advocate


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How Much Successful PR Specialists Make In 2017


In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Public Relations Specialists make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Public Relations Specialist will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).



Average salary

Annual salary
$66540 per year

Hourly wage
$31.990 per hour


1 of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do PR Specialists make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of PR Specialists is $66540. Their salary can also be as low as $32090 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $110560 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $31.990 and can range from $15.430 to $53.150 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A PR Specialist will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
Salary rank
B

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This compares the salary of all careers and we give them a rank of A, B, C or D depending on how high or low is their average salary.

After comparing how much do PR Specialists make with other careers, they have a salary rank of B.



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Salary range

LevelHourlyYearly
Highest (Top 10%)$53.150$110560
Senior (Top 25%)$38.290$79650
Middle (Mid 50%)$27.890$58020
Junior (Bottom 25%)$20.410$42450
No experience (Bottom 10%)$15.430$32090


Entry-level PR Specialists who starts out at $42450 can expect to make $58020 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $15.430 per hour while the top 10% makes over $53.150 per hour.

While the median wage is $58020 per annum or $27.890 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.


Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing46.6697060
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing43.4490360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing42.9689350
Federal Executive Branch42.9389290
Federal government, including the US Postal Service42.9189250
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers42.7388870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing41.9687270
Postal Service (federal government)41.9187170
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing41.7186750
Rail Transportation40.8885020
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing40.2183630
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media39.9983180
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage39.682370
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing39.4181980
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers39.481950
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities38.9881080
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing38.9280940
Software Publishers38.8880860
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing38.3279710
Specialized Freight Trucking38.3279710
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities38.3179680
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)38.1779400
Other Financial Investment Activities38.1179280
Communications Equipment Manufacturing37.7578510
Scientific Research and Development Services37.6178220
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences37.1977350
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors37.1877330
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation36.8776690
Specialty hospitals, State government owned36.8376600
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank36.7676450
Water Transportation36.6576240
Nondepository Credit Intermediation36.6376200
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers36.5676050
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services35.8874630
Truck Transportation35.8774620
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services35.8674580
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services35.6474140
Manufacturing35.674050
Oil and Gas Extraction35.5874000
Primary Metal Manufacturing35.5573940
Computer Systems Design and Related Services35.4773770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services35.3873590
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas35.3273470
Transportation and Warehousing35.0872970
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers35.0672930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution35.0472870
Support Activities for Mining35.0372860
Mining34.9672720
Telecommunications34.9672710
Utilities34.8672500
Pipeline Transportation34.5271800
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers34.3671460
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing34.3571450
Natural Gas Distribution34.3271390
Engineering Services34.3271380
Wired Telecommunications Carriers34.2671270
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing34.1471020
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages33.9770660
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing33.9570620
Machinery Manufacturing33.970520
Wholesale Trade33.8870470
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing33.7270140
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods33.5369740
Air Transportation33.4869630
Management of Companies and Enterprises33.4269520
Apparel Manufacturing33.3969460
Publishing Industries (except Internet)33.3469360
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation33.3469340
Other Information Services33.2369120
Finance and Insurance33.1969030
Cable and Other Subscription Programming33.1268880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services33.168840
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities33.0968830
Scheduled Air Transportation32.8468310
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation32.8368280
Legal Services32.7868180
Building Equipment Contractors32.7568130
Motion Picture and Video Industries32.7368080
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles32.7168040
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities32.7168030
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations32.6667930
Insurance Carriers32.5967790
Other Telecommunications32.2567090
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries32.2267020
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events32.0166580
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods3266560
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers31.9866520
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers31.8866300
Chemical Manufacturing31.7165960
Paper Manufacturing31.5265560
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing31.4565430
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations31.4465390
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities31.4365370
Mining (except Oil and Gas)31.3265150
Sound Recording Industries31.3265140
Other Insurance Related Activities31.365110
Waste Treatment and Disposal31.2965090
Support Activities for Transportation31.1864850
Federal, State, and Local Government31.1464770
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service31.1464770
All industries, private ownership only31.164690
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing31.0564590
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing30.8364120
All industries30.7964050
Metal Ore Mining30.7263890
Other Investment Pools and Funds30.763860
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing30.763850
Miscellaneous Manufacturing30.5863610
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers30.5463520
Plastics Product Manufacturing30.4863400
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)30.4563340
Information30.4363280
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned30.3963220
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing30.3663160
Waste Management and Remediation Services30.2862980
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers30.2562920
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)30.2362890
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations30.2262860
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing30.262810
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)30.162620
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors30.0462490
Depository Credit Intermediation29.9862350
Hospitals, State government owned29.9462280
Employment Services29.8762130
Offices of Chiropractors29.7961970
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing29.7561880
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing29.7461860
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing29.6861740
Business Support Services29.6561660
Telephone Call Centers29.5861530
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned29.5161380
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing29.5161370
Household Appliance Manufacturing29.3961120
Electronics and Appliance Stores29.2460820
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service29.2160760
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing29.0660440
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers28.9960300
Consumer Goods Rental28.9660240
Office Administrative Services28.9160140
Specialty Trade Contractors28.8960090
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers28.8860080
Testing Laboratories28.8159920
Repair and Maintenance28.859900
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers28.7559790
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers28.7359750
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers28.6359540
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers28.6259520
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing28.659500
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers28.5359350
Television Broadcasting28.559270
Educational Support Services, Privately owned28.4659200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals28.3859040
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services28.3759010
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories28.3759000
Administrative and Support Services28.3458960
Support Activities for Air Transportation28.3158880
Hospitals, Privately owned28.2858830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned28.2158670
Food Manufacturing28.1558560
Grantmaking and Giving Services28.1558560
Social Advocacy Organizations28.1558550
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned28.1358510
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation28.1258480
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)28.0558350
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)27.8657960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.8457900
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction27.8357890
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing27.8357880
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned27.7957800
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services27.7657740
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.7257660
Local government, including schools and hospitals27.7157630
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned27.6857580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned27.6757550
Miscellaneous Store Retailers27.6357470
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers27.557200
Educational Services, Privately owned27.4857150
Offices of Physicians27.4857150
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing27.457000
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)27.3756930
Direct Selling Establishments27.3656910
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores27.3656900
Rental and Leasing Services27.3556880
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries27.2556670
Dairy Product Manufacturing27.0856330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)27.0856330
Junior colleges, Local government owned27.0756300
Building Material and Supplies Dealers26.9155970
Automobile Dealers26.8255790
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses26.8255780
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)26.7455620
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned26.6855490
Ambulance Services26.6755470
Religious Organizations26.6655450
Nonstore Retailers26.6555430
Amusement Parks and Arcades26.6255360
Travel Agencies26.6155340
Spectator Sports26.3854870
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers26.3354760
Educational Services, Local government owned26.2554610
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing26.2354560
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned26.1754430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation26.0954260
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned26.0654200
Educational Services, State government owned26.0454160
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers26.0354150
Lessors of Real Estate26.0354140
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned26.0154090
State government, including schools and hospitals25.9854040
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services25.9453960
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services25.953880
Home Health Care Services25.8753800
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)25.7953650
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services25.7653570
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)25.7553560
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals25.7553560
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services25.7153470
Hospitals, Local government owned25.7153470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned25.6753390
Specialized Design Services25.5953220
Child Day Care Services25.5453130
Other Support Services25.553040
Ambulatory Health Care Services25.4652960
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned25.4252870
Outpatient Care Centers25.452830
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.3852790
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers25.2952600
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing25.2252460
Services to Buildings and Dwellings25.252420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing25.1552320
Civic and Social Organizations25.0852170
Retail Trade24.9951980
Home Furnishings Stores24.9851960
Casino Hotels24.9651910
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services24.9551900
Broadcasting (except Internet)24.7651500
Activities Related to Real Estate24.7151400
Real Estate24.6651300
Traveler Accommodation24.6151180
Educational Support Services, Local government owned24.5451050
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores24.5150980
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries24.4450840
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores24.4350820
Accommodation24.3950740
Junior colleges, State government owned24.3850700
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions24.2750470
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned24.1850300
Radio and Television Broadcasting24.1150150
Grocery Stores24.0349990
Furniture Stores2449910
Vocational Rehabilitation Services23.9549820
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries23.9549820
Full-Service Restaurants23.9149730
Social Assistance23.8949700
Printing and Related Support Activities23.8549610
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)23.8549610
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)23.8549610
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers23.8249550
Junior colleges, Privately owned23.8149530
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities23.7449380
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly23.6749230
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers23.6649210
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)23.649090
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities23.5949080
Food and Beverage Stores23.5649010
Newspaper Publishers23.5348950
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers23.548890
Gambling Industries23.4848830
Individual and Family Services23.3248500
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities23.3148490
Clothing Stores23.2748400
Accommodation and Food Services23.2748390
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures23.2548360
Performing Arts Companies23.1948230
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned23.1548140
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)23.0747980
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities22.9747780
Other Residential Care Facilities22.947630
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land22.5146830
Food Services and Drinking Places22.4746730
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists22.4346660
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps22.4146610
Technical and trade schools, Local government owned22.3846540
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities22.3546490
Restaurants and Other Eating Places22.1646090
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters22.0745920
Sporting Goods Stores22.0645880
Offices of Other Health Practitioners21.7345200
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores21.6845090
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores21.544730
Special Food Services21.2744240
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation21.1944070
Radio Broadcasting21.0143700
Specialty Food Stores20.4842600
Health and Personal Care Stores20.0441680
Death Care Services19.7941170
Offices of Dentists19.7941160
Personal and Laundry Services19.6940950
Other Personal Services19.6440860
Personal Care Services19.6340830
Pharmacies and Drug Stores17.5236440
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)17.1135580
Veterinary Services15.6632580
Offices of Optometrists1327040

Not all industries pay the same for Public Relations Specialists.

1 of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.



Highest paying states

StateHourlyAnnual
DC$47.01$97790
VA$38.02$79080
CA$37.13$77220
NY$34.22$71180
CT$33.46$69610
NJ$33.32$69300
WA$33.21$69080
MD$32.49$67590
ID$32.38$67360
AK$31.37$65250

Another simple way to boost your pay as A PR Specialist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful PR Specialists are in the states of DC, VA, CA, NY and CT. The average salary in DC is $97790.



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