Community Relations Specialist Salary

Pay for Community Relations Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Community Relations Specialists is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Community Relations Specialists are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,307 - $65,490
$34K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $48,513
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50%
90%

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$12.10 - $25.29
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.92
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,307 - $65,490  
   
Bonus
$1,003 - $7,187  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$30,809 - $63,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$31.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,003 - $7,187  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$30,809 - $63,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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

  • 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.
  • Plan and execute press conferences and special events.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Community Relations Specialist


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Many Community Relations Specialists move into a Community Relations Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Community Relations Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Community Relations Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Specialist


Survey results suggest that Community Relations Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fundraising and Event Planning. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,411

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

Home to some of the best pay for Community Relations Specialists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Community Relations Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+32 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent).

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Key Stats for Community Relations Specialist

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Community Relations Specialist Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$45,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Project Management
▲31%



Event Management
▲1%

Media / Public Relations
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


Fundraising
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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