Communications Assistant Salary

Communications Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Assistants making up 77 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,156 - $44,355
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$44K
MEDIAN: $35,585
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$10.16 - $20.09
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$28,156 - $44,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
Profit Sharing
$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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$24,454 - $43,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $20.09  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $34.47  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$24,454 - $43,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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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There are some Communications Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Communications Directors, where earnings are an average $62K annually. Communications Assistants most often move into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $24K 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 Microsoft Excel, Media / Public Relations, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Customer Service, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know Social Media Marketing also know Web Content Management and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Media / Public Relations also know Microsoft Office and Web Content Management.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,624

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Communications Assistants, 22 percent above the national average. Communications Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+11 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Communications Assistants is geography, with workers in Portland earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Detroit (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries




National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Communications Assistant Salaries

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Editing
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$35,000

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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