Public Relations Specialists: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Quiz

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PR Specialists

PR Specialists promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. May specialize in using social media.

Becoming One
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth

Interest Match

Job description

Public Relations Specialists engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

  • Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source.
  • Write press releases or other media communications to promote clients.
  • Establish or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, or public interest groups.
  • Plan or direct development or communication of programs to maintain favorable public or stockholder perceptions of an organization’s accomplishments, agenda, or environmental responsibility.
Read more about what does a Public Relations Specialist really do at work and what is it like being and working as one.


Average salary
$68440 per year

Average hourly wage
$33 per hour

PR Specialists with little to no experience tend to make between $33690 and $44490 while the more experienced ones can earn over $81550 per year.

Top 5 paying states Hourly Annual
DC $52 $107,490
VA $38 $78,410
NJ $36 $75,670
NY $36 $74,000
CT $35 $73,600

One of the easiest ways to increase your salary as a Public Relations Specialist is to move to a higher paying state like DC. Right now, the highest paying states for PR Specialists are DC, VA, NJ, NY and CT.

However, a higher pay at DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the living expenses at DC might be twice as high than where you are currently at now.

Three other factors that can increase your salary as a Public Relations Specialist is the degree you hold, the industry you work in, and lastly the company you work for.


Recommended degree level
Bachelor’s degree

We asked other PR Specialists what degree they had when they got the job and most of them said they had a Bachelor’s Degree followed by a Master’s Degree.

Other than that, we also asked them what did they major in and here are the most popular majors that came up.

Communication, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Public Relations/Image Management
Political Communication
Read more about how to become a Public Relations Specialist and the degree, training and education you need.

Pros and Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of being a Public Relations Specialist.

Suitable for people who likes to start and carry out projects
Suitable for people who values achievements and are results-oriented
This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.
Very good salary
Not suitable for people who likes practical and hands-on work
It is hard to get into this career. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.
Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week)

What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Is this job meaningful

69% of PR Specialists said they were satisfied with their job and 52% said they feel like their job is making other people’s lives better.

Fantastic Services

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I’m Natalie Bickel, and I work as a Creative Communications Expert for a PR company. My Typical Day Each day is different as a PR Specialist, but almost everyday involves pitching to some extent. I look through Twitter, Facebook groups, and HARO to see what opportunities are already available and search for expert sources. I … Read More

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Is this right for me

Best personality for this career
The Entrepreneurs and The Artists

You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tends to like starting up and carrying out projects. They like leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business..

They also like working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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