Community Relations Specialist Salary

Community Relations Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $44K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Community Relations Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Community Relations Specialists (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,893 - $65,838
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$31K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,713
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$10.26 - $24.14
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$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,893 - $65,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,415  
Total Pay (?
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$29,954 - $65,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.14  
   
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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$29,954 - $65,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Community Outreach / Activism, Fundraising, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. For most people, competency in Marketing Communications indicates knowledge of Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Community Relations Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. Community Relations Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $48K.

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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 13%


Fundraising
up arrow 9%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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