A Communications Specialist earns an average salary of $46,614 per year. A skill in Corporate Communications is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Communications Specialist Total Pay (?
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$32,943 - $70,648
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Communications Specialist Total Pay (?
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$11.60 - $29.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,943 - $70,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,162  
Profit Sharing
$63.02 - $3,559  
Commission
$491.32 - $15,260  
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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$30,314 - $71,474  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,176
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $29.90  
   
Overtime
$15.29 - $44.53  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,162  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $15,260  
Profit Sharing
$63.02 - $3,559  
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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$30,314 - $71,474  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,176
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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.
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Communications Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Specialist?
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

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$46,000

Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 500 votes.
Gender
Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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