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Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Senior Communications Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $64K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Communications Specialists making up 71 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,064 - $86,642
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,042
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$13.39 - $59.18
(Median)
$13
$24
$59
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,064 - $86,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
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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$45,121 - $90,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$30.76 - $57.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
   
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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$45,121 - $90,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Survey results imply that Senior Communications Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Editing, Corporate Communications, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Content Management and Social Media Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Corporate Communications are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For many Senior Communications Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $61K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $66K. On average, Senior Communications Specialists make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Communications Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). St. Paul is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Editing
up arrow 4%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 18%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 20%

Web Content Management
up arrow 24%

Graphic Design
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%