Community Relations Specialist Salary

Average Community Relations Specialists in the United States make around $49K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Community Relations Specialists who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Community Relations Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,746 - $67,535
$34K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,541
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$12.16 - $25.73
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MEDIAN: $16.86
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$0$67K
Salary $33,746 - $67,535
Bonus $1,017 - $7,500
Profit Sharing $5,000
Commission $6,500
Total Pay (?
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$30,140 - $65,667
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.16 - $25.73
Overtime $17.75 - $38.01
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $1,017 - $7,500
Commission $6,500
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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$30,140 - $65,667
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66

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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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Community Relations Specialists who transition into an upper level Community Relations Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Community Relations Manager makes $50K a year.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Specialist


Community Relations Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fundraising and Event Planning. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Community Relations Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Community Relations Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 161 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Community Relations Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Community Relations Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 40 salaries. A Community Relations Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,442

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

For Community Relations Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Community Relations Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
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
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%
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