Average Public Relations (PR) Specialist Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$50,615
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$5,950
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The average salary for a Public Relations (PR) Specialist in Chicago, Illinois is $50,615.
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$34k
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MEDIAN $50,615
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Salary
$34k - $71k
Bonus
$0 - $6k
Total Pay
$34k - $75k

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Job Description for Public Relations (PR) Specialist

Public Relations (PR) Specialist Tasks
  • Promote individuals, groups, or organizations by writing or selecting publicity material and releasing it through various communications media.
  • Respond to requests for information or designate another appropriate spokesperson or information source.
  • Plan and execute press conferences and special events.
  • Lead community marketing efforts, ensuring execution of strategies to improve market presence.
  • Develop public relations strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products and services.

Career Paths

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Public Relations (PR) Specialist
Public Relations (PR) Manager
Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Public Relations (PR) Specialist

Skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Social Media Marketing and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Press Releases.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Relations (PR) Specialist

An early career Public Relations (PR) Specialist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $43,982 based on 20 salaries. A mid-career Public Relations (PR) Specialist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,425 based on 7 salaries.
Employees with Public Relations (PR) Specialist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 27.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (16.7% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (16.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (12.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 27 survey responses.
Early Career
74.1%
Mid Career
25.9%