Communications Assistant Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than three-quarters of Communications Assistants report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $34,247 per year. Compensation starts at $24,612 and can reach $44,375 per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—22 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Most Communications Assistants are women (76 percent). Most Communications Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
   
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$0.00 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,612 - $44,375  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$16.56 - $29.95  
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$0.00 - $3,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,612 - $44,375  
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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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There are some Communications Assistants—though it's uncommon—that transition into Communications Directors, where earnings can rise by $27K annually. Communications Assistants most often move into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Specialists, where they can expect an extra $23K or $10,057 per year.

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Popular Skills for Communications Assistant

Communications Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Editing, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications. Those proficient in Social Media Marketing are, more often than not, also skilled in Web Content Management. For most people, competency in Media / Public Relations indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and 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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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Communications Assistants, 14 percent above the national average. Communications Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent) and Washington (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Portland Communications Assistants have considerably lower salaries, 30 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Detroit (-10 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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

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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%
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