Community Relations Manager Salary

The average Community Relations Manager in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Community Relations Managers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,317 - $78,527
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,352
10%
50%
90%

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$11.81 - $29.36
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,317 - $78,527  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$7,347  
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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$33,266 - $79,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 472
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
   
Commission
$7,347  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$33,266 - $79,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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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 $52K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Community Relations Manager


Barnes & Noble, Inc. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $33K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $25K and $47K.

Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Community Relations Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Community Outreach / Activism, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 17 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Social Media Marketing and Business Development, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Event Planning also 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $45K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,266

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

For Community Relations Managers, busy Austin offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Community Relations Managers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Orlando (+19 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Seattle is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in San Diego and 9 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 26%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 17%

People Management
up arrow 7%


Fundraising
up arrow 5%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$50,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 5%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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