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Media Relations Manager Salary

Media Relations Managers in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Media Relations Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,264 - $102,851
(Median)
$39K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,942
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Salary
$39,264 - $102,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $12,500  
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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$38,044 - $107,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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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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Media Relations Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications, Media / Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing. It is not unusual for someone who knows Corporate Communications to be familiar with Media / Public Relations as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Media Relations Manager

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. Media Relations Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K.

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Experience Affects Media Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Media Relations Manager Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 17%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 6%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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