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Public Relations (PR) Manager Salary (United States)

A typical Public Relations Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K annually. The range in cash compensation to Public Relations Managers ($37K to $96K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men working as Public Relations Managers are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 76 percent of workers. Most Public Relations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Public Relations (PR) Manager Salary (?
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$36,907 - $92,361
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $58,770
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Public Relations (PR) Manager Salary (?
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$14.33 - $40.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,907 - $92,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,433  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,365  
Commission
$3,300 - $27,500  
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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$36,757 - $96,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $40.20  
   
Overtime
$7.63 - $43.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,433  
   
Commission
$3,300 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,365  
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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$36,757 - $96,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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.
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Public Relations Managers who advance to upper-end positions like VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications. Median pay for VPs of Public Relations & Corporate Communications is $131K per year. It is quite typical for Public Relations Managers to transition into roles as Public Relations Directors or Communications Directors, where reported median earnings are $7K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Public Relations (PR) Manager

Public Relations Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Event Planning and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Public Relations Managers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Public Relations Managers bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $78K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Public Relations Managers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, top-paying cities where Public Relations Managers see paychecks higher than average (+30 percent, +24 percent, +22 percent, and +21 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Public Relations Managers in St. Louis earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Public Relations (PR) Manager Salaries

Media / Public Relations
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Marketing Communications
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Social Media Marketing
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$59,000
Microsoft Word
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Press Releases
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%