Publicist Salary

Median pay for Publicists in the United States is around $43K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Publicists are female. The majority of Publicists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,877 - $67,299
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,466
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$10.11 - $35.48
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$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,877 - $67,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$2,035  
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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$27,882 - $70,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.25  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
Commission
$2,035  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$27,882 - $70,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Job Description for Publicist

Publicists perform a wide variety of duties related to ensuring their company or client is consistently portrayed publicly in a positive light. They are responsible for working closely with the company's upper management to help promote the company's image. They need to manage day-to-day relations with media, as well as the company's social media outlets. Publicists are also responsible for scheduling interviews and booking speaking engagements and appearances with relevant personnel. They may also be responsible for developing buzz for upcoming company products (such as newly released books) to increase demand and drive sales. Additionally, the publicist must follow all company guidelines in their day-to-day work.

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Publicist Tasks

  • Draft and edit press releases, media alerts, and press kit materials.
  • Build and maintain relationships with the media.
  • Arrange and develop talking points for press visits, interviews, appointments, and press conferences.
  • Create and execute publicity plans for clients.
  • Pitch stories to media.

Common Career Paths for Publicist


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Advancing into a Public Relations Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Publicists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Publicist


Typical Publicists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Marketing Communications, Media / Public Relations, Press Releases, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing. Those proficient in Media / Public Relations are, more often than not, also skilled in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Publicist

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Publicists make a median salary of $61K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,142

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Publicists, 25 percent higher than the national average. Publicists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Austin and San Francisco are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Publicist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%


National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Publicist Salaries

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Press Releases
0%

National Average
$44,000

Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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