Communications Specialist Salary

Communications Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $48K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Communications Specialists range from $31K on the low end to $72K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Communications Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (78 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,141 - $70,932
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$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,674
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$11.77 - $29.54
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,141 - $70,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,300  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $4,894  
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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$30,969 - $71,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,850
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $29.54  
   
Overtime
$16.68 - $40.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,300  
   
Commission
$20.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $4,894  
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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$30,969 - $71,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 430

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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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While Communications Specialists do not often become Senior Managers of Corporate Communications, the job pays $97K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Communications Specialist involves becoming a Communications Manager or a Communications Director, roles that pay $12K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Project Management, Editing, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Marketing Communications tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Communications Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Communications Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Communications Specialists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago.

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
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Copywriting
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Technical Writing
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Web Content Management
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$46,000

Marketing Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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Microsoft Word
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HTML
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Graphic Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Microsoft Office
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Social Media Marketing
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 441 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
29%
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%