Communications Specialist Salary

Communications Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $47K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Communications Specialists bottoms out near $31K and approaches $71K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Specialists making up 78 percent. Most Communications Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,260 - $70,059
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,392
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$11.82 - $29.60
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,260 - $70,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
Profit Sharing
$65.58 - $7,965  
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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$31,087 - $70,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,988
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$16.82 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
   
Commission
$20.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$65.58 - $7,965  
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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$31,087 - $70,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Managers of Corporate Communications. That role pays $97K per year on average. Communications Specialists most often move into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Project Management, Editing, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Office. 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.


For Communications Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Communications Specialists, 38 percent above the national average. Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Web Content Management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
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 400 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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%
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