Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Senior Communications Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $65K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Communications Specialists. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Communications Specialists making up 73 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,923 - $86,713
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,888
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$14.28 - $45.74
(Median)
$14
$23
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,923 - $86,713  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $9,849  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$46,039 - $89,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $45.74  
   
Overtime
$27.16 - $45.62  
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
$-0.48 - $9,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$46,039 - $89,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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Although many Senior Communications Specialists transition into Communications Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $58K.

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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 Video Editing, Event Planning, Technical Writing, 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. Oral / Verbal Communication and Copywriting also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Corporate Communications are similarly competent in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $66K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Communications Specialists make a median salary of $68K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $75K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,474

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

Senior Communications Specialists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Houston (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Media / Public Relations
0%

Editing
0%

Social Media Marketing
0%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Email Marketing
up arrow 5%



Copywriting
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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