Communications Specialist Salary

Earnings for Communications Specialists in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Communications Specialists varies from around $31K to approximately $70K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $8K, respectively. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Most Communications Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,403 - $69,496
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$34K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,584
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$12.02 - $30.13
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,403 - $69,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,640  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $7,946  
Commission
$3,052  
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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$31,456 - $70,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $30.13  
   
Overtime
$17.17 - $41.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,640  
   
Commission
$3,052  
Profit Sharing
$65.44 - $7,946  
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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$31,456 - $70,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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 not commonly seen, Communications Specialists who transition into a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Managers of Corporate Communications is $97K per year. A common career progression for a Communications Specialist is to become a Communications Manager or a Communications Director. Compared to Communications Specialists, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists seem to exploit 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing and Microsoft Excel. 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. Communications Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Communications Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,148

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Communications Specialists, 34 percent above the national average. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Raleigh (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 2 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.

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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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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$46,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 412 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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