Communications Assistant Salary

Communications Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Communications Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,127 - $45,032
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,587
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$10.30 - $19.72
(Median)
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$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,127 - $45,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
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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$24,733 - $44,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $19.72  
   
Overtime
$17.09 - $31.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
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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$24,733 - $44,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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

  • Edit and assist in writing product sheets, social media updates, and other materials.
  • Organize marketing, communications, and event data, calendars, and reports.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Communications Assistant


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Though it's uncommon, some Communications Assistants move into roles as Communications Directors, where pay is an average $62K per year. Communications Managers or Communications Specialists are common next-step roles for Communications Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Communications Managers is $23K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Communications Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Communications Assistant


Communications Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Media / Public Relations, Adobe Photoshop, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Communications. Most people skilled in Social Media Marketing are similarly competent in Web Content Management and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Media / Public Relations are also skilled in Microsoft Office and Web Content Management.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Communications Assistants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Communications Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent) and Washington (+4 percent). Communications Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Communications Assistants in Portland bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (11 percent less) and Philadelphia (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%



National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Communications Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

Editing
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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