Communications Assistant Salary

Pay for Communications Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Communications Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Communications Assistants (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,632 - $45,598
$28K
$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $36,336
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$10.06 - $21.40
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MEDIAN: $14.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,632 - $45,598  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $4,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,995  
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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$22,438 - $46,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $21.40  
   
Overtime
$15.47 - $36.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$102.56 - $4,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,995  
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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$22,438 - $46,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for Communications Assistant

Usually, a communications assistant is present in order to help an organization communicate with the public. The communications assistant may also work for an individual who interacts with a large network of people, in order to ease this individual’s workload. The communications involved may include communication with the media, with other organizations, or with the general public, such as customers.

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Communications Assistant Tasks

  • Write marketing copy for many audiences and platforms, augmenting with images as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain customer databases and social media analytics, documenting outreach and communications.
  • Edit and assist in writing product sheets, social media updates, and other materials.
  • Organize marketing, communications, and event data, calendars, and reports.

Common Career Paths for Communications Assistant


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Communications Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Communications Director, where median compensation is $62K annually. Communications Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Assistant


Communications Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Marketing Communications, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Social Media Optimization and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. For most people, competency in Media / Public Relations indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Web Content Management. Those who learned Social Media Marketing also tend to know Web Content Management and Microsoft Office.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,480

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Communications Assistants, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Communications Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Communications Assistants is geography, with workers in Portland earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Detroit and 7 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Communications Assistant

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries

▲23%

▲6%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Communications Assistant Salaries






▲3%

Windows Operating System General Use
▲1%

Web Content Management
▼0%

National Average
$34,000




Graphic Design
▼1%

Customer Service
▼20%

Social Media Optimization
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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