Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Senior Communications Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $68K per year on average. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Senior Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Job satisfaction for Senior Communications Specialists is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,620 - $92,146
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$68K
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MEDIAN: $68,348
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$21.12 - $41.34
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MEDIAN: $29.66
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$0$94K
Salary $49,620 - $92,146
Bonus $1,550 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$49,696 - $94,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 322
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $21.12 - $41.34
Overtime $43.65
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $1,550 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$49,696 - $94,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

  • 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.
  • Create and drive the internal social media strategy.
  • Track, monitor, and report on metrics for blogs, videos, and websites.

Common Career Paths for Senior Communications Specialist


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Senior Communications Specialists who take on a higher-level position such as Communications Manager may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Communications Managers on average bring home $59K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Senior Communications Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Most people experienced in Corporate Communications also know 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: $69,347

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

For Senior Communications Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 17 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 16 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Pittsburgh and Houston.

Senior Communications Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Communications Specialist?

Senior Communications Specialist in Lisle:
"Work/Life Balance."
Pros: Work flexibility.
Cons: Inconsistency and lack of leadership.

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Key Stats for Senior Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$69,000

▼5%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

National Average
$69,000




Social Media Marketing
▼3%

Event Planning
▼3%

▼4%






Copywriting
▼17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼21%

Video Editing
▼22%

Strategic Planning
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 4%
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