Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Median pay for Senior Communications Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Senior Communications Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Communications Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,923 - $86,713
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,888
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$14.28 - $45.74
(Median)
$14
$23
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,923 - $86,713  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $9,849  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$46,039 - $89,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $45.74  
   
Overtime
$27.16 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $9,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$46,039 - $89,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 often transition into a Communications Manager position. Communications Managers report a slightly lower median income of $58K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Senior Communications Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Video Editing, Event Planning, Technical Writing, and Corporate Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Strategic Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Copywriting 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $61K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. Senior Communications Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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

National Average: $65,474

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Communications Specialists, 17 percent higher than the national average. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Houston (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Media / Public Relations
0%

Editing
0%

Social Media Marketing
0%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Email Marketing
up arrow 5%



Copywriting
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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