Community Relations Manager Salary

Community Relations Managers in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Community Relations Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Community Relations Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,334 - $75,897
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,632
10%
50%
90%

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$11.63 - $26.07
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,334 - $75,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,721  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $4,112  
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
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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$32,131 - $76,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $26.07  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $29.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,721  
   
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $4,112  
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).
)
$32,131 - $76,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Many Community Relations Managers move into a Director of Community Relations role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Community Relations on average bring in a similar salary to Community Relations Managers.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Community Relations Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Social Media Marketing, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Event Planning tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $45K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $51K. Community Relations Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Community Relations Managers, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Community Relations Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+42 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Orlando (+21 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Denver and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 28%

Fundraising
up arrow 18%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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