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Communications Assistant Salary (United States)

More than four-fifths of Communications Assistants report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $35K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. Female Communications Assistants make up most of the field at 76 percent. Work is enjoyable for Communications Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Communications Assistant Salary (?
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$27,056 - $45,100
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MEDIAN: $35,015
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Communications Assistant Salary (?
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$10.65 - $19.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,056 - $45,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$24,612 - $44,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$16.56 - $29.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
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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$24,612 - $44,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Job Description for Communications Assistant

Communications assistants are very important to a large number of industries. Any industry that must project an image and advertise a product or brand requires a communications department, and thus requires communications assistants. Communications assistants aid communications directors in the media that they handle.
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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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It's not very common for Communications Assistants to move on to become Communications Directors. Typical pay for a Communications Director is $62K annually. Career advancement for the typical Communications Assistant often leads to becoming a Communications Manager or a Communications Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $23K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Assistant

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Windows Operating System General Use, Media / Public Relations, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Editing, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications. Most people familiar with Media / Public Relations also know Microsoft Office and Web Content Management. Those proficient in Social Media Marketing are, more often than not, also skilled in Web Content Management.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$34,000
Philadelphia
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Detroit
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Portland
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Home to some of the best pay for Communications Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Communications Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent) and Washington (+6 percent). Communications Assistants in Portland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Philadelphia and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 10 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Communications Assistant Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%
Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
0%
Microsoft Word
0%
National Average
$34,000
Web Content Management
up arrow 1%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%
Social Media Marketing
up arrow 5%
Marketing Communications
up arrow 5%
Editing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%