Communications Specialist Salary

Pay for Communications Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $47K annually. In the world of Communications Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $71K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Specialists making up 78 percent. For the most part, Communications Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,195 - $69,909
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,297
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$11.78 - $29.64
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,195 - $69,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,216  
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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$31,023 - $70,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,958
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $29.64  
   
Overtime
$16.77 - $43.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,216  
   
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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$31,023 - $70,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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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It's not very common for Communications Specialists to move on to become Senior Managers of Corporate Communications. Average pay for a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications is $97K annually. It is quite typical for Communications Specialists to transition into roles as Communications Managers or Communications Directors, where reported median earnings are $12K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Social Media Marketing, and HTML. 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.


For many Communications Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Communications Specialists, 38 percent higher than the national average. Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 3 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



Copywriting
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Editing
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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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Microsoft Office
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Adobe InDesign
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Graphic Design
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Social Media Marketing
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 404 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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