Communications Assistant Salary

Communications Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Communications Assistants survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,008 - $44,972
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,577
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$10.31 - $19.70
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$28,008 - $44,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
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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$24,699 - $44,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $19.70  
   
Overtime
$17.09 - $31.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
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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$24,699 - $44,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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 not the most common occurrence, Communications Assistants sometimes become Communications Directors, where the average income is $62K per year. When Communications Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Communications Managers or Communications Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $23K and $10K, 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, Adobe Photoshop, Windows Operating System General Use, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. People who know Social Media Marketing usually also know Web Content Management and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Media / Public Relations also know Microsoft Office and Web Content Management.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Communications Assistants, 22 percent higher than the national average. Communications Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent) and Washington (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (11 percent lower) and Philadelphia (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%



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%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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