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 years of experience. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Senior Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,462 - $86,319
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$86K
MEDIAN: $64,331
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$13.49 - $47.33
(Median)
$13
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,462 - $86,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $9,000  
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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$44,988 - $88,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $47.33  
   
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $9,000  
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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$44,988 - $88,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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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 $58K.

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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 Email Marketing, Editing, Technical Writing, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Strategic Planning, Graphic Design, and Video Editing. Most people experienced in 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.


For Senior Communications Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Communications Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Communications Specialists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and St. Paul (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

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Email Marketing
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Technical Writing
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Corporate Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
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Project Management
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Social Media Marketing
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Event Planning
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Web Content Management
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Copywriting
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Video Editing
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Graphic Design
up arrow 18%

Strategic Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%
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