Media Relations Manager Salary

Media Relations Managers in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Media Relations Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,079 - $102,437
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$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,591
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$40,079 - $102,437  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,012 - $106,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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.

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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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Job skills reported by Media Relations Managers are limited. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing and Marketing Communications. Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Relations Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Media Relations Managers bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $87K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Media Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Media Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 18%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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