Public Relations (PR) Manager Salary

Average Public Relations Managers in the United States make around $61K annually. Cash earnings for Public Relations Managers — including $11K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $99K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Relations Managers making up 76 percent. Most Public Relations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,484 - $95,844
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$96K
MEDIAN: $61,193
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$14.66 - $42.50
(Median)
$15
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $20
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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.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,484 - $95,844  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,649  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,050  
Commission
$9,250  
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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$39,171 - $98,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,369
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.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $42.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$1.50 - $42.89  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,649  
   
Commission
$9,250  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,050  
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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$39,171 - $98,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Job Description for Public Relations (PR) Manager

The public relations manager is a position sought after by various companies in many industries, which range from hotels to food manufacturing. Most companies are seeking an applicant with a bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, or a similar discipline. The ideal applicant should have at least five years of experience, in addition to having a few years of relevant experience. The public relations manager will not be doing an extensive amount of traveling, but there is the possibility that some companies will include minor traveling for training or event attendance.

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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


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Public Relations Managers who transition into a VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $132K per year. Becoming a Public Relations Director or a Communications Director is a common transition from a Public Relations Manager role.

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Popular Skills for Public Relations (PR) Manager


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


For many Public Relations Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,344

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Public Relations Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Public Relations Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Portland (+20 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (10 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

Public Relations (PR) Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Public Relations (PR) Manager?

Public Relations (PR) Manager in Kingston:
"The Management."
Pros: I like the most of PR that it's very flexible and some what a challenge. To know more about the Music Industry.
Cons: The least I like about my Job is that the Recording Artiste some times. Are lazy and expect you to do all the work to enhance there career.

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Experience Affects Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries


Technical Writing
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Media / Public Relations
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Press Releases
0%

National Average
$61,000

Marketing Communications
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Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%



Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 9%

Client Interaction
up arrow 17%

Media Management
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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