Pay for Community Relations Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Community Relations Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Community Relations Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,709 - $68,818
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,793
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$11.69 - $25.53
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,709 - $68,818  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $9,787  
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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$30,470 - $66,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$33.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,021 - $9,787  
   
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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$30,470 - $66,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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.

Common Career Paths for Community Relations Specialist


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Moving into a Community Relations Manager position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $50K annually.

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Popular Skills for Community Relations Specialist


Community Relations Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fundraising, Media / Public Relations, and Event Planning. The majority of those 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.


For Community Relations Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. On average, Community Relations Specialists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Community Relations Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $60K.

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Experience Affects Community Relations Specialist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Community Relations Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 32%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%

Fundraising
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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