Senior Communications Specialist Salary

For Senior Communications Specialists, yearly average wages total $66K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Senior Communications Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Communications Specialists making up 73 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,859 - $88,378
$49K
$66K
$88K
MEDIAN: $65,770
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$16.00 - $44.22
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,859 - $88,378  
   
Bonus
$1,957 - $8,180  
Profit Sharing
$2,048  
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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$49,011 - $90,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $44.22  
   
Overtime
$43.01  
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
$1,957 - $8,180  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,048  
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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$49,011 - $90,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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 move into Communications Manager roles. Communications Managers seem to make a little less than Senior Communications Specialists as their salaries average out to $59K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Survey takers working as Senior Communications Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, Social Media Marketing, Event Planning, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Copywriting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Planning and Video Editing also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Corporate Communications indicates knowledge of 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. Senior Communications Specialists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,617

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

Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Senior Communications Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Pittsburgh and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Senior Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$67,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries






Event Planning
▲1%

Editing
▼0%

National Average
$67,000





Oral / Verbal Communication
▼17%

Video Editing
▼18%

Strategic Planning
▼22%

Copywriting
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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