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Public Relations (PR) Associate Salary

Those pursuing careers as Public Relations Associates in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Public Relations Associates survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Public Relations Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,127 - $54,572
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,432
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90%

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$9.72 - $19.84
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,127 - $54,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,127  
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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$25,418 - $54,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $19.84  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $34.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,127  
   
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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$25,418 - $54,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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Job Description for Public Relations (PR) Associate

The public relations (PR) associate helps maintain a positive public image for their organization, promoting its services, products, and projects. They help develop marketing and advertising programs, as well as assist in market research and in designing ads or campaigns. Because a wide variety of companies hire PR associates - from retail companies to hospitals to universities - their duties may vary widely by position. However, these professionals generally work with other PR department staff in creating, monitoring, and building marketing strategies for their agency. In addition to working with other staff, though, PR associates must be able to work well on their own. For example, these individuals may represent their company at events, press conferences, and other public forums.

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Public Relations (PR) Associate Tasks

  • Maintain positive working relationship with media members.
  • Write and distribute press releases and other articles about the company.
  • Monitor media coverage and assist in the formation of a positive public narrative surrounding company.
  • Develop a strong social media presence and manage all internet marketing efforts.

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Popular Skills for Public Relations (PR) Associate


Public Relations Associates who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Marketing Communications, Media / Public Relations, Strategic Planning, and Press Releases are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Media / Public Relations indicates knowledge of Social Media Marketing.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Public Relations Associates, 17 percent above the national average. Public Relations Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Public Relations Associates in Cleveland make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Philadelphia (20 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Public Relations (PR) Associate Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 36%


National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Public Relations (PR) Associate Salaries

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

Press Releases
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%