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Media Relations Manager Salary

Media Relations Managers in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Media Relations Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,304 - $101,835
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $64,897
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,304 - $101,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,358  
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $16,000  
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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$37,572 - $108,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 177
United States (change)

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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Media Relations Managers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Media Relations Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $85K, 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

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$65,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Media Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 16%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 5%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%