Senior Communications Specialist Salary

Senior Communications Specialists in the United States take home an average $68K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Communications Specialists making up 74 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,832 - $94,345
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$69K
$94K
MEDIAN: $68,619
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$21.89 - $41.49
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MEDIAN: $30.70
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$0$97K
Salary $49,832 - $94,345
Bonus $1,542 - $9,156
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$49,992 - $97,260
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 334
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $21.89 - $41.49
Overtime $44.39
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $1,542 - $9,156
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$49,992 - $97,260
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • 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.
  • Create and drive the internal social media strategy.
  • Track, monitor, and report on metrics for blogs, videos, and websites.

Common Career Paths for Senior Communications Specialist


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Many Senior Communications Specialists move into Communications Manager roles. Communications Managers seem to make a little less than Senior Communications Specialists as their salaries average out to $59K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Communications Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Technical Writing, Event Planning, 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. Video Editing and Oral / Verbal Communication also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Corporate Communications also know Project Management and Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Communications Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Communications Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Communications Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 121 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $66,000 based on 182 salaries. An experienced Senior Communications Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 128 salaries. A Senior 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 $71,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,834

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Communications Specialists, 11 percent above the national average. Senior Communications Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Houston (16 percent less).

Senior Communications Specialist Reviews

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

Senior Communications Specialist in Lisle:
"Work/Life Balance."
Pros: Work flexibility.
Cons: Inconsistency and lack of leadership.

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Key Stats for Senior Communications Specialist

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

▲2%

National Average
$70,000

▼1%

▼5%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Senior Communications Specialist Salaries

National Average
$70,000




Event Planning
▼3%

Social Media Marketing
▼4%

▼5%






Copywriting
▼18%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼21%

Video Editing
▼22%

Strategic Planning
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 5%
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