For Senior Communications Specialists, annual average wages total $65K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Senior Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while nearly all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,649 - $87,591
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $65,173
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90%

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$16.05 - $42.75
(Median)
$16
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,649 - $87,591  
   
Bonus
$1,924 - $8,266  
Profit Sharing
$2,023  
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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$48,500 - $90,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.05 - $42.75  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $60.59  
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
$1,924 - $8,266  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,023  
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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$48,500 - $90,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Communications Manager. However, Communications Managers do report a slightly lower median income of $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Senior Communications Specialists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Copywriting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Planning and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Corporate Communications also know Project Management and Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Communications Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Communications Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $62K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $66K on average. Senior Communications Specialists bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,822

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Communications Specialists, 18 percent higher than the national average. Senior Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Pittsburgh and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

Web Content Management
0%

Email Marketing
0%

National Average
$66,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Video Editing
up arrow 17%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 21%

Copywriting
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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