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Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Pay for Senior Communications Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $64K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Senior Communications Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Senior Communications Specialists survey respondents are women (75 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,557 - $86,281
(Median)
$47K
$64K
$86K
MEDIAN: $63,738
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$15.14 - $48.28
(Median)
$15
$24
$48
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
$46,557 - $86,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
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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$45,337 - $89,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $48.28  
   
Overtime
$29.48 - $42.73  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
   
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).
)
$45,337 - $89,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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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Although many Senior Communications Specialists transition into Communications Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $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, Technical Writing, Corporate Communications, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Web Content Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Strategic Planning also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. Senior Communications Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Communications Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Communications Specialists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Houston and St. Paul are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

Email Marketing
up arrow 7%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 3%

Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 19%

Graphic Design
up arrow 21%

Web Content Management
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%