Consultant, Public Relations Salary

Public Relations Consultants who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than half of Public Relations Consultants. Pay fluctuates from $32K to $216K per year, but expected earnings average $57K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Public Relations Consultants survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — the larger part — do not have any health coverage, close to one-third do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,480 - $150,501
$30K
$57K
$150K
MEDIAN: $57,227
10%
50%
90%

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$19.20 - $127.01
$19
$51
$130
MEDIAN: $50.87
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$30,480 - $150,501  
   
Bonus
$5,500  
Commission
$13,000  
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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$32,405 - $216,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.20 - $127.01  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,500  
   
Commission
$13,000  
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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$32,405 - $216,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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Job Description for Consultant, Public Relations

The primary focus of a public relations consultant is to liaise with their clients in order to present them to the world in the best possible light. This will include finding out all of the positive newsworthy stories about their clients and trying to get the local, and possibly national, media to present this information. With today's increasingly digital audience, public relations consultants will often be expected to run online social media campaigns, using pictures, posts and tweets to best represent the needs of their clients.

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Consultant, Public Relations Tasks

  • Prepare and coordinate press releases and spokespeople to deliver the intended message.
  • Guarantee positive coverage of organization's public events and endeavors.
  • Support organization's objectives with public relations expertise.
  • Counsel administration and staff on proper procedure in the event of a PR crisis.

Common Career Paths for Consultant, Public Relations


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Public Relations Consultants often transition into a Public Relations Manager position. Public Relations Managers report a slightly lower median income of $58K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Consultant, Public Relations

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


For many Public Relations Consultants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $45K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $62K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $107K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $121K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Consultant, Public Relations

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Consultant, Public Relations Salaries

▲74%

▲53%

National Average
$70,000

▼11%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Consultant, Public Relations Salaries


National Average
$70,000


Microsoft Office
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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