Public Relations (PR) Manager Salary

The average Public Relations Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $61K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Public Relations Managers can bottom out near $38K or peak near $98K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Public Relations Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$38,420 - $95,011

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.63 - $45.30

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,420 - $95,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,860  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,119  
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).
)
$38,158 - $98,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $43.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,860  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $10,119  
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).
)
$38,158 - $98,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for Public Relations (PR) Manager

The public relations manager is the liaison between an organization and the outside world. Specific areas of concentration are community relations, media relations, contact with the investment community, and how the organization communicates internally. Public relations managers may oversee a marketing plan and budget, coordinate input from the outside, hire help as needed, and field media questions and interviews. Public relations managers must review and coordinate all marketing programs to make sure they promote the organization's intended point of view.

Read More...

Public Relations (PR) Manager Tasks

  • Plan special events, conferences and parties.
  • Coordinate initiatives with marketing, community and production.
  • Outreach to press.
  • Create podcasts, blogs and represent the company.
  • Create and release publications for the press.

Common Career Paths for Public Relations (PR) Manager


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Public Relations Managers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications, where median compensation is $131K annually. It is not uncommon for a Public Relations Manager to continue on to become a Public Relations Director or a Communications Director.

Public Relations (PR) Manager Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Public Relations (PR) Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Press Releases, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Media Management and Community Outreach / Activism also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Relations (PR) Manager

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


Public Relations Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Relations Managers make a median salary of $75K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


For Public Relations Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Public Relations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (9 percent less) and Miami (3 percent less).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%

Press Releases
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
0%

National Average
$61,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%



Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 21%

Media Management
up arrow 22%

Client Interaction
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
ADVERTISEMENT