Community Relations Manager Salary
Median pay for Community Relations Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The vast majority of Community Relations Managers (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Community Relations Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
The work of community relations managers is primarily mental, demanding a great degree of planning and communication skills. Basic computer skills, experience in customer service-related fields, and being able to interact with diverse populations are typically required. Being bilingual in a language commonly used in the community - as well as a relevant bachelor's degree - may be required or preferred as well. Personal transportation, a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record are usually required.
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Community Relations Manager
Offering only $33K on average, Barnes & Noble, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $25K on the lower end and $47K on the higher end.
Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager
Community Relations Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing, Business Development, and Fundraising. Most people who know Event Planning also know Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Media / Public Relations. A tool kit that includes Marketing Communications also typically contains 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.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Community Relations Managers make a median salary of $66K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $64K.
Pay Difference by Location
Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Community Relations Managers, 40 percent above the national average. Community Relations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+39 percent), Washington (+33 percent), Orlando (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Seattle (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).