With a little more than half of Public Relations Consultants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $32K to $207K per year and averages out to $57K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Public Relations Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Relations Consultants making up 76 percent. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over a third report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well.

$30,185 - $135,000
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MEDIAN: $56,530
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$19.25 - $126.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$30,185 - $135,000  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Commission
$13,000  
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$31,502 - $206,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Hourly Rate
$19.25 - $126.71  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,000  
   
Commission
$13,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,502 - $206,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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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Many Public Relations Consultants move into Public Relations Manager roles. Public Relations Managers seem to make a little less than Public Relations Consultants as their salaries average out to $58K a year.

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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.


Public Relations Consultants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $45K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Public Relations Consultants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. Public Relations Consultants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $120K on average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Consultant, Public Relations?

Consultant, Public Relations in Great Barrington:
"Meet The Press."
Go to meet press personnel in person, whenever possible. This job is all about relationships. For those of you with journalistic leanings or training, there are very few jobs in the traditional press but you can write your own news for your clients because papers can't afford to pay for copy, but clients will. Tell the best story as briefly as possible, and make your copy clean, and it will often be picked up verbatim. Stress levels are high due to multiple tight due dates. Career path: sharing your expertise with multiple clients or picking up more experience and training and going into branding. It's all about telling a good story succinctly; as Bernadette Jiwa says, not "How can I sell more?" but "How can I make the most difference?" Excel by managing expectations and exceeding them every time.

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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 13 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Consultant, Public Relations Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Skills That Affect Consultant, Public Relations Salaries


National Average
$70,000


Microsoft Office
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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