Senior Communications Specialist Salary

An average Senior Communications Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Female Senior Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,282 - $86,703

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$13.39 - $46.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,282 - $86,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
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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$44,967 - $88,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $46.26  
   
Overtime
$29.48 - $41.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
   
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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$44,967 - $88,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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


Survey results imply that Senior Communications Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Video Editing, Email Marketing, Technical Writing, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Strategic Planning, Graphic Design, and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those who know Corporate Communications also know Marketing Communications 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. Senior Communications Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Communications Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $74K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Houston and St. Paul also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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

Email Marketing
up arrow 5%

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
0%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 8%

Copywriting
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Graphic Design
up arrow 18%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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