Communications Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Women make up the vast majority of Communications Assistants (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Communications Assistants is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,490 - $46,365
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$46K
MEDIAN: $37,518
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90%

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$10.19 - $21.14
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$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,490 - $46,365  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $4,818  
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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$23,661 - $46,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $21.14  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $36.16  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$498.33 - $4,818  
   
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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$23,661 - $46,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Communications Assistant


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Communications Assistants who transition into a Communications Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Communications Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $24K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Assistant


Communications Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Social Media Optimization and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Social Media Marketing are also skilled in 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

National Average: $35,111

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, 24 percent above the national average. Communications Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Communications Assistants in Portland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Detroit and Grand Rapids earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 12 percent.

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Experience Affects Communications Assistant Salaries



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Communications Assistant Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 21%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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