Community Relations Specialist Salary

Community Relations Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Community Relations Specialists (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Community Relations Specialists is high.

$31,438 - $66,047

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$10.21 - $24.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,438 - $66,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,415  
Total Pay (?
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$30,050 - $65,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $24.22  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $37.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,415  
   
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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$30,050 - $65,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 imply that Community Relations Specialists put a diverse skill set 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. Those educated in Marketing Communications tend to be well versed in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


For Community Relations Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $41K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Community Relations Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Fundraising
up arrow 9%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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