With a median pay of $77K, The Boeing Company Communications Specialists make much more than the national average ($49K per year) for those in this field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,379 - $71,343
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$34K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,776
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$12.28 - $29.49
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$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,379 - $71,343  
   
Bonus
$490.55 - $6,728  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $8,263  
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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$31,527 - $70,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,951
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $29.49  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $42.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$490.55 - $6,728  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $8,263  
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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$31,527 - $70,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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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Though some Communications Specialists move into positions like Senior Manager of Corporate Communications (where the average salary is $98K), this progression is not the norm. Communications Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Communications Managers or Communications Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $15K 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, Web Content Management, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Marketing Communications tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Communications Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,700

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

For those looking to make money, Communications Specialists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), New York (+28 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries



Web Content Management
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Copywriting
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Marketing Communications
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Editing
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National Average
$47,000

Media / Public Relations
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe Photoshop
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 333 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: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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