Communications Specialist Salary

Communications Specialists in the United States take home an average $48K annually. 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Female Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Job satisfaction for Communications Specialists is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to 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 (?
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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 (?
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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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Communications Specialists do not often transition into Senior Manager of Corporate Communications roles. The role averages $97K per year. The most common next step for a Communications Specialist is to become a Communications Manager or a Communications Director. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $16K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Project Management, Editing, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Marketing Communications also 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.


Communications Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Communications Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Communications Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,148

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Communications Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Raleigh (+16 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents 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.

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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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$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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