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Community Relations Manager Salary

Median pay for Community Relations Managers in the United States is around $50K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Community Relations Managers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Community Relations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,771 - $75,909
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,547
10%
50%
90%

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$11.63 - $26.18
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,771 - $75,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,156  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $5,000  
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
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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$31,848 - $76,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $29.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,156  
   
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $5,000  
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).
)
$31,848 - $76,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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Job Description for Community Relations Manager

Community relations managers represent businesses and organizations to the communities they serve, both directly and through media relations. They are expected to maintain their employers’ reputation while increasing trust and patronage. To accomplish this, community relations managers undertake tasks such as establishing partnerships with other organizations in the community, participating in interviews with and issuing statements to the media, and engaging in customer service, as well as coordinating and attending fundraisers and various public and private events. Community relations managers must be able to interact with individuals at all levels of society such as ordinary citizens, small business owners, local politicians, and executives of major corporations. Work hours for community relations managers vary, as events often fall outside regular business hours. While a significant part of the work of community relations managers takes place in an office environments, attending community events is often a part of the job.

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Community Relations Manager Tasks

  • Participate in annual reporting, and figuring and reporting of expenditures.
  • Plan and manage community relations activities including public awareness campaigns and community outreach.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of communication staff.

Common Career Paths for Community Relations Manager


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Many Community Relations Managers move into a Director of Community Relations role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Community Relations on average bring in a similar salary to Community Relations Managers.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Survey results suggest that Community Relations Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Social Media Marketing, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Media / Public Relations and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Community Relations Managers. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $44K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. Community Relations Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Community Relations Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Community Relations Managers, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Community Relations Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+42 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Seattle is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (11 percent lower) and Tampa (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 28%

Fundraising
up arrow 19%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
0%

National Average
$49,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%
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