Communications Specialist Salary

Communications Specialists usually earn approximately $49K per year in the United States, but The Boeing Company offers a significantly higher median of $77K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,446 - $71,104
$34K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,883
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$12.40 - $29.08
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MEDIAN: $17.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,446 - $71,104  
   
Bonus
$497.32 - $7,004  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $8,143  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$31,602 - $70,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,028
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $29.08  
   
Overtime
$17.79 - $41.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$497.32 - $7,004  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $8,143  
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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$31,602 - $70,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 515

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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

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

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 $98K 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 $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Survey results imply that Communications Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 Microsoft Excel, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know Corporate Communications and Web Content Management.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Communications Specialists see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,821

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Communications Specialists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+30 percent), Washington (+29 percent), and Atlanta (+22 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

Communications Specialist Reviews

Q: 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.

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Key Stats for Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 352 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Communications Specialist Salaries

▲32%

▲20%

▲13%

National Average
$47,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 352 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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