Community Relations Specialist Salary

For Community Relations Specialists, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Community Relations Specialists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Community Relations Specialists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. 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
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$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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


Community Relations Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Fundraising. Most people experienced in Marketing Communications also know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Community Relations Specialists make a median salary of $44K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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