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Community Relations Specialist Salary

Community Relations Specialists in the United States take home an average $44K annually. There are far more female Community Relations Specialists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$30,526 - $65,712
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,648
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90%

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$10.21 - $23.59
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$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,526 - $65,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,165  
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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$29,677 - $64,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $37.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,165  
   
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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$29,677 - $64,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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Job Description for Community Relations Specialist

Community relations specialists work in a wide variety of fields in private companies, non-profit agencies, educational entities, and governmental institutions. They work to build contacts within communities, sometimes in specific areas, to build relationships between their employer and the community. One of the primary tasks of a community relations specialist is to develop, organize, implement, and analyze their company's public relations campaigns and marketing efforts. In many cases, this includes planning events aimed at reaching the public (or a specific segment of the public), coordinating outreach campaigns, and building relationships with specific individuals or groups within a community.

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Community Relations Specialist Tasks

  • Lead community marketing efforts, ensuring execution of strategies to improve market presence.
  • Develop public relations strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products and services.
  • Plan and execute press conferences and special events.
  • Promote individuals, groups, or organizations by writing or selecting publicity material and releasing it through various communications media.
  • Respond to requests for information or designate another appropriate spokesperson or information source.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Specialist


Survey results suggest that Community Relations Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Fundraising, Community Outreach / Activism, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Marketing Communications are also skilled in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Community Relations Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. On average, Community Relations Specialists make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.

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Experience Affects Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Fundraising
up arrow 9%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 8%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%