Communications Specialist Salary

The nationwide average salary for Communications Specialists is $50K per year, but those working at The Boeing Company can pull down an average $77K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,741 - $73,206
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,072
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50%
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$12.68 - $28.51
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.34
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$0$73K
Salary $34,741 - $73,206
Bonus $493 - $8,169
Profit Sharing $824 - $15,513
Commission $2,928
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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$31,652 - $73,040
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,064
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $12.68 - $28.51
Overtime $16.97 - $43.90
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $493 - $8,169
Commission $2,928
Profit Sharing $824 - $15,513
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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$31,652 - $73,040
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 589

Job Description for Communications Specialist

A communications specialist manages a company's internal and external communications. Internal communications may include memos, job descriptions, and notes from management; external communications may include designing and editing press releases and marketing materials. Other responsibilities include coordinating media and marketing events, informal meetings for employees, and press conferences. They also answer inquiries and manage online content. Although communications specialists work in a business setting during regular business hours, overtime may be required to meet deadlines or deal with rapidly emerging or changing situations.

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Communications Specialist Tasks

  • Design effective and innovative communication copy and materials, including new modes of electronic communication.
  • Produce employee communication newsletter.
  • Create and execute of employee communication campaigns.

Common Career Paths for Communications Specialist


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Communications Specialists who advance into the role of a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications are fairly uncommon. Senior Managers of Corporate Communications on average earn $98K per year. It is quite typical for Communications Specialists to transition into roles as Communications Managers or Communications Directors, where reported median earnings are $11K and $15K higher per year.

Communications Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Communications Specialist

Popular Skills for Communications Specialist


Communications Specialists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Project Management, Editing, and Web Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications and Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Communications Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Communications Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Communications Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,649 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Communications Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 792 salaries. An experienced Communications Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 392 salaries. A Communications Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 110 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,255

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Communications Specialists, 27 percent above the national average. Communications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+26 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Sacramento (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Chicago (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Communications Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Communications Specialist?

Communications Specialist in Marion:
"Fairly good."
Pros: I like working from home 2 days a week and my vacation benefits.
Cons: I don't enjoy my hour commute to and from work, my office conditions or the fact that the university never gives raises.

Communications Specialist in Atlanta:
"2016."
Pros: Love the people!
Cons: Money, growth.

Communications Specialist in San Jose:
Pros: Flexibility, office conditions, management.
Cons: Culture.

Communications Specialist in Birmingham:
"Fun Experience, Meager Pay."
Pros: Working in communications can be a dynamic experience. Project management, special events, media relations and creative promotions can provide a pleasant change of pace and relief from rigid working environment.
Cons: PR may offer the occasional thrill, but it's not a particularly high-paying career option -- or one that provides easy upward mobility. Some might also consider the workload too heavy for the financial return. You really have to love what you do.

Communications Specialist in Waco:
"Email Campaigns, Marketing, Social Media And Blogging"
Pros: There is very little oversight in my position. They are open to new ideas, and I very rarely have anyone say "no" to my ideas. I'm very self-sufficient so I don't require a lot of hand-holding. I have access to several great mentors in the organization, both within my department and outside of it. I have a great range of projects and new items to work on, and they are sending me to conference just by myself.
Cons: There is almost no feedback. I wish that we had an annual performance review. The pay scale is atrocious, and the stress level is high in this building. Since I've been here more than 30 people have left, most of them have been fired. While, my job is very different from theirs you can still feel the pressure. While I have a wide variety of work, which prevents boredom, it also creates additional anxiety and stress. I am also much better at my job than my supervisor is at hers which seems to make her uncomfortable. While I deliberately try not to upstage her, she seems to hold it against me from time-to-time.

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Key Stats for Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 434 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Communications Specialist Salaries

▲30%

▲15%

▲10%

National Average
$48,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Communications Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 434 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%