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Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Median pay for Senior Communications Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $64K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Senior Communications Specialists is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Senior Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (75 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$46,469 - $86,667
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,010
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$15.25 - $48.06
(Median)
$15
$23
$48
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,469 - $86,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,299  
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $8,139  
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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$45,272 - $88,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.25 - $48.06  
   
Overtime
$29.75 - $42.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,299  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $8,139  
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).
)
$45,272 - $88,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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 $58K per year.

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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, Email Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Those listing Web Content Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Strategic Planning also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Corporate Communications are 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.


Senior Communications Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $60K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $65K. Senior Communications Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Communications Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Communications Specialists that is 16 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 (+16 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (10 percent lower) and St. Paul (5 percent lower).

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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%

Email Marketing
up arrow 5%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 3%

Project Management
0%

Media / Public Relations
0%

Editing
0%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Graphic Design
up arrow 21%

Web Content Management
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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