Community Relations Specialist Salary

Pay for Community Relations Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Community Relations Specialists (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,506 - $65,639
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,856
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$10.28 - $25.24
(Median)
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$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,506 - $65,639  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,397  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$30,389 - $65,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $25.24  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,397  
   
Commission
$3,000  
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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$30,389 - $65,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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, facility with Project Management and Community Outreach / Activism are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fundraising. Most people skilled in Marketing Communications are similarly competent in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. Community Relations Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $49K.

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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 37%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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