Media Relations Manager Salary

For Media Relations Managers, yearly average wages total $64K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Media Relations Managers (53 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Media Relations Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,091 - $102,063

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$38,451 - $105,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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Job Description for Media Relations Manager

A media relations manager is responsible for overseeing all communications from their organization with various forms of media, including cultivating and managing all relationships with media representatives. This person will generally work in an office environment and maintain typical daytime, weekday hours. Most organizations will require that their media relations manager have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as media relations or communication, and many require a master’s degree. These managers work within public and non-profit organizations, as well.


Media Relations Manager Tasks

  • Manage social media and event planning, including special projects.
  • Develop and implement strategies for increasing and targeting reach, awareness and impact.
  • Respond to media inquiries and develop relationships with media outlets.
  • Write and disseminate content about the organization and its activities.
  • Edit video, audio, and other multi-media content.

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Popular Skills for Media Relations Manager

Media Relations Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications, Media / Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Corporate Communications frequently indicates knowledge of Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Relations Manager

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

Media Relations Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. Media Relations Managers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $87K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Media Relations Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Media Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
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National Average

Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


53 %
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%