Senior Communications Specialist Salary

An average Senior Communications Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Senior Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Most Senior Communications Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,279 - $86,147
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$86K
MEDIAN: $64,194
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$13.39 - $47.50
(Median)
$13
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,279 - $86,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,251  
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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$44,780 - $88,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $47.50  
   
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 - $9,251  
   
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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$44,780 - $88,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Email Marketing, Technical Writing, Corporate Communications, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Planning and Web Content Management 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. Senior Communications Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Communications Specialists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 11 percent below the national average. 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 4%

Email Marketing
up arrow 4%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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%

Video Editing
up arrow 16%

Web Content Management
up arrow 17%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Graphic Design
up arrow 21%

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
40%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%
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