Communications Specialist Salary

Communications Specialists in the United States take home an average $47K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Communications Specialists can bottom out near $31K or peak near $71K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Communications Specialists. Most Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (78 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,199 - $69,993

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$11.83 - $28.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,199 - $69,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,188  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $7,946  
Commission
$20.00 - $6,000  
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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$31,064 - $70,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,993
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $28.95  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $42.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,188  
   
Commission
$20.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $7,946  
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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$31,064 - $70,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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Job Description for Communications Specialist

A communications specialist manages a company's internal and external communications. Internal communications may include memos, job descriptions, and notes from management; external communications may include designing and editing press releases and marketing materials. Other responsibilities include coordinating media and marketing events, informal meetings for employees, and press conferences. They also answer inquiries and manage online content. Although communications specialists work in a business setting during regular business hours, overtime may be required to meet deadlines or deal with rapidly emerging or changing situations.

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Communications Specialist Tasks

  • Create and execute of employee communication campaigns.
  • Produce employee communication newsletter.
  • Design effective and innovative communication copy and materials, including new modes of electronic communication.

Common Career Paths for Communications Specialist


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Communications Specialists who advance into the role of a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications are fairly uncommon. Senior Managers of Corporate Communications on average earn $97K per year. Career advancement for the typical Communications Specialist often leads to becoming a Communications Manager or a Communications Director; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Survey takers working as Communications Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Project Management, Copywriting, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know Corporate Communications and Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Communications Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Communications Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Communications Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Raleigh (+18 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 4 percent below the national average.

Communications Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Specialist?

Communications Specialist in Birmingham:
"Fun Experience, Meager Pay."
Pros: Working in communications can be a dynamic experience. Project management, special events, media relations and creative promotions can provide a pleasant change of pace and relief from rigid working environment.
Cons: PR may offer the occasional thrill, but it's not a particularly high-paying career option -- or one that provides easy upward mobility. Some might also consider the workload too heavy for the financial return. You really have to love what you do.

Communications Specialist in Waco:
"Email Campaigns, Marketing, Social Media And Blogging"
Pros: There is very little oversight in my position. They are open to new ideas, and I very rarely have anyone say "no" to my ideas. I'm very self-sufficient so I don't require a lot of hand-holding. I have access to several great mentors in the organization, both within my department and outside of it. I have a great range of projects and new items to work on, and they are sending me to conference just by myself.
Cons: There is almost no feedback. I wish that we had an annual performance review. The pay scale is atrocious, and the stress level is high in this building. Since I've been here more than 30 people have left, most of them have been fired. While, my job is very different from theirs you can still feel the pressure. While I have a wide variety of work, which prevents boredom, it also creates additional anxiety and stress. I am also much better at my job than my supervisor is at hers which seems to make her uncomfortable. While I deliberately try not to upstage her, she seems to hold it against me from time-to-time.

Communications Specialist in Bonita Springs:
"Wonderful Work Environment."
Pros: Felxibility. I am not micromanaged and I am given the opportunity to learn and grow as well as try new things for the company.
Cons: Public speaking. Its a necessity of my job though.

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Experience Affects Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries



Editing
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
0%

National Average
$46,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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