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Communications Specialist Salary

An average Communications Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K per year. Cash earnings for Communications Specialists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $72K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Specialists making up 77 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,683 - $70,894
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MEDIAN: $47,077
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$11.55 - $30.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,683 - $70,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,164  
Profit Sharing
$65.58 - $4,848  
Commission
$19.65 - $6,104  
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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$30,821 - $71,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,747
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $30.32  
   
Overtime
$16.58 - $41.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,164  
   
Commission
$19.65 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$65.58 - $4,848  
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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$30,821 - $71,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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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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There are some Communications Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Managers of Corporate Communications, where earnings are an average $97K annually. Communications Specialists typically move into roles as Communications Managers or Communications Directors, and those positions pay $12K more and $16K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists seem to wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing and Microsoft Office. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. For Communications Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Communications Specialists, 44 percent higher than the national average. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries



Editing
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
0%

Web Content Management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 466 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 62% employee benefits None: 11%