Community Relations Managers in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most Community Relations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. There are far more female Community Relations Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,017 - $86,803
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MEDIAN: $51,426
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$12.72 - $32.03
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MEDIAN: $18.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,017 - $86,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,399  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$7,347  
Total Pay (?
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$35,606 - $89,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $32.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,399  
   
Commission
$7,347  
Profit Sharing
$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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$35,606 - $89,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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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American Cancer Society (ACS) leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $40K.

Bringing up the rear, Barnes & Noble, Inc.'s median pay of $33K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $47K.

Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Community Relations Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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, 24 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Event Management, Social Media Marketing, and Business Development. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Media / Public Relations. Those who learned Marketing Communications also tend to know 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. Community Relations Managers bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Community Relations Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,093

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

For Community Relations Managers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Community Relations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+39 percent), Austin (+39 percent), Minneapolis (+38 percent), and New York (+26 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Tampa and 2 percent less in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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.
039
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 27%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 24%

People Management
up arrow 21%

Project Management
up arrow 20%





Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$51,000


Program Development
up arrow 4%


Business Development
up arrow 6%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 10%

Event Management
up arrow 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
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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