Community Relations Manager Salary

The average Community Relations Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Community Relations Managers is high. Female Community Relations Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,571 - $86,140
$38K
$53K
$86K
MEDIAN: $53,290
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$13.09 - $31.25
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$31
MEDIAN: $18.61
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$0$88K
Salary $37,571 - $86,140
Bonus $0.00 - $12,040
Profit Sharing $1,768
Commission $3,700
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$36,127 - $88,101
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 376
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $13.09 - $31.25
Overtime $5.50 - $38.82
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $0.00 - $12,040
Commission $3,700
Profit Sharing $1,768
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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$36,127 - $88,101
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

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Job Description for Community Relations Manager

Community relations managers represent businesses and organizations to the communities they serve, both directly and through media relations. They are expected to maintain their employers’ reputation while increasing trust and patronage. To accomplish this, community relations managers undertake tasks such as establishing partnerships with other organizations in the community, participating in interviews with and issuing statements to the media, and engaging in customer service, as well as coordinating and attending fundraisers and various public and private events. Community relations managers must be able to interact with individuals at all levels of society such as ordinary citizens, small business owners, local politicians, and executives of major corporations. Work hours for community relations managers vary, as events often fall outside regular business hours. While a significant part of the work of community relations managers takes place in an office environments, attending community events is often a part of the job.

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Community Relations Manager Tasks

  • Manage the selection, training and development of communication staff.
  • Plan and manage community relations activities including public awareness campaigns and community outreach.
  • Participate in annual reporting, and figuring and reporting of expenditures.

Common Career Paths for Community Relations Manager


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Many Community Relations Managers move into a Director of Community Relations role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Community Relations on average bring in a similar salary to Community Relations Managers.

Community Relations Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Community Relations Manager


American Cancer Society (ACS) offers the largest salaries in town — $40K on average.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Barnes & Noble, Inc., where the median salary is just $33K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $25K to $47K.

Popular Skills for Community Relations Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management, Fundraising, and Social Media Marketing. Most people who know Marketing Communications also know Media / Public Relations and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Relations Manager

Pay by Experience for a Community Relations Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Community Relations Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Community Relations Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 141 salaries. An experienced Community Relations Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 87 salaries. A Community Relations Manager 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 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,379

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

For Community Relations Managers, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Community Relations Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+38 percent), Minneapolis (+37 percent), Orlando (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Indianapolis and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Community Relations Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Community Relations Manager?

Community Relations Manager in Hartford:
Pros: Help students.
Cons: Managing many relationships.

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Key Stats for Community Relations Manager

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Community Relations Manager Salaries

▲28%

▲20%

▲15%

National Average
$52,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Community Relations Manager Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲24%

Corporate Communications
▲21%

People Management
▲18%

Project Management
▲17%




National Average
$52,000


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼2%


Program Development
▼6%

Business Development
▼8%

Social Media Marketing
▼9%

▼11%

Event Management
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 13%
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