Median pay for Community Relations Specialists in the United States is around $48K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Community Relations Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,352 - $66,257
$34K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,482
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$12.03 - $25.33
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,352 - $66,257  
   
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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$30,789 - $64,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $25.33  
   
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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$30,789 - $64,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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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For Community Relations Specialists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Community Relations Specialists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Community Relations Manager.

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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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fundraising and Event Planning. Most people who know Event Planning also know Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Specialist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Community Relations Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $54K.

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Key Stats for Community Relations Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Community Relations Specialist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 30%


Event Management
0%

National Average
$46,000




Fundraising
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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