Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Average Senior Communications Specialists in the United States make around $66K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Senior Communications Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,607 - $89,357
$49K
$66K
$89K
MEDIAN: $66,268
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$16.11 - $44.04
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MEDIAN: $29.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,607 - $89,357  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $8,216  
Profit Sharing
$2,048  
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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$48,956 - $91,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$43.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,939 - $8,216  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,048  
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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$48,956 - $91,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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Job Description for Senior Communications Specialist

A senior communications specialist works to promote an organization and its products, services, and message in a consistent, targeted manner. Persons with this job title may work as the head of the marketing, advertising, or media relations departments within a company. Dedicated public relations firms and ad companies also typically employ senior communications specialists as well.

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Senior Communications Specialist Tasks

  • Create and drive the internal social media strategy.
  • Track, monitor, and report on metrics for blogs, videos, and websites.
  • Coordinate the employee intranet page and video assignments across the division.
  • Design and deliver internal communication plans for driving education and awareness within the company.

Common Career Paths for Senior Communications Specialist


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Many Senior Communications Specialists move into Communications Manager roles. Communications Managers seem to make a little less than Senior Communications Specialists as their salaries average out to $59K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Senior Communications Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Technical Writing, Event Planning, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Strategic Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Oral / Verbal Communication also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Corporate Communications indicates knowledge of Project Management and Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Communications Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Communications Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Communications Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 121 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Communications Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 182 salaries. An experienced Senior Communications Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 128 salaries. A Senior Communications Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,925

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

With a pay rate for Senior Communications Specialists that is 15 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Houston (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$67,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




Event Planning
▲1%

Social Media Marketing
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

▼1%






Copywriting
▼14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼18%

Video Editing
▼19%

Strategic Planning
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 5%