Community Relations Manager Salary

The average Community Relations Manager in the United States earns approximately $52K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Community Relations Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,194 - $87,766
$36K
$52K
$88K
MEDIAN: $51,711
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50%
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$13.09 - $31.79
$13
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,194 - $87,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,499  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$7,200  
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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$35,545 - $90,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,499  
   
Commission
$7,200  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$35,545 - $90,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Community Relations Manager


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Community Relations Managers who transition into an upper level Director of Community Relations position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Director of Community Relations makes $53K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Community Relations Manager


Those at American Cancer Society (ACS) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K.

Offering a median salary of only $33K, Barnes & Noble, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $25K to $47K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Management, Fundraising, and Social Media Marketing. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Media / Public Relations and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Manager

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $60K. Community Relations Managers bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Community Relations Managers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,120

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

Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Community Relations Managers in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Community Relations Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+39 percent), Minneapolis (+38 percent), Orlando (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (9 percent lower) and Tampa (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Community Relations Manager

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries

▲31%

▲23%

▲18%

National Average
$51,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲27%

Corporate Communications
▲23%

People Management
▲21%

Project Management
▲20%





Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$51,000


Program Development
▼4%

Business Development
▼6%

Social Media Marketing
▼7%

▼8%

Event Management
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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