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Community Relations Manager Salary (United States)

Community Relations Managers in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Community Relations Managers (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Community Relations Manager Salary (?
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$31,866 - $74,913
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MEDIAN: $49,361
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$10.20 - $25.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,866 - $74,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $5,087  
Commission
$1,650 - $12,500  
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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$30,871 - $75,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $25.61  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $29.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$1,650 - $12,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $5,087  
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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$30,871 - $75,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager

Survey results show that Community Relations Managers use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Fundraising can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Social Media Marketing and Customer Relationship Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are 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.
For many Community Relations Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $44K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $51K on average. Community Relations Managers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $74K.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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San Francisco
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Houston
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New York
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National Average
$49,000
San Diego
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Boston
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Tampa
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Seattle
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Community Relations Managers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Community Relations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). In Seattle, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (7 percent less) and Boston (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Fundraising
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Media / Public Relations
0%
National Average
$49,000
Marketing Communications
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Event Planning
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Business Development
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%