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Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Salary (United States)

Pay for Public Relations Account Executives in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Public Relations Account Executives (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Public Relations Account Executives like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Salary (?
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$31,037 - $54,024
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,478
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Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Salary (?
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$11.15 - $30.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,037 - $54,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$4.17 - $5,896  
Commission
$5,896 - $19,832  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,795 - $55,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$5,896 - $19,832  
Profit Sharing
$4.17 - $5,896  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,795 - $55,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Account Executive, Public Relations (PR)

Public relations account executives facilitate and maintain client relationships, as well as increase brand value for their company. They are responsible for keeping existing business accounts, generating new accounts, attending staff meetings, and proofreading materials to ensure consistency with company values. They also participate in internal training sessions that implement core values such as ethical behaviors and business conduct. One of these executives' main duties is to manage projects with staff and vendors. Most of the time, public relations account executives also engage in developing and supporting public relations programs that will generate recognition for their organization products or services. They may also handle social media obligations. Generally, these executives work in an office environment and report their progress to the president in their public relations department.
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Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Tasks
  • Develop public relations content such as articles, papers, case studies, and press releases.
  • Conduct marketing promotions and consumer outreach programs to grow sales.
  • Manage multiple public relations accounts and develop quarterly public relations plans and budgets
  • Manage and maintain media relationships and make regular pitches to editors.

Common Career Paths for Account Executive, Public Relations (PR)

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Public Relations Account Executives sometimes assume positions such as Account Supervisors. That role pays $67K per year on average. Public Relations Account Executives moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Public Relations Managers or Public Relations Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Public Relations (PR)

Public Relations Account Executives seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Client Interaction, Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Advertising and Copywriting. Most people who know Media / Public Relations also know Client Interaction.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Atlanta
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Seattle
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Boston
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Chicago
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National Average
$41,000
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Public Relations Account Executives, 19 percent higher than the national average. Public Relations Account Executives will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+4 percent), New York (+4 percent), Milwaukee (+3 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Cleveland and 6 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Account Executive, Public Relations (PR) Salaries

Client Interaction
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Social Media Marketing
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Media / Public Relations
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$41,000
Technical Writing
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Copywriting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 17%