Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a public relations specialist in the United States was $62,810. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,350 per annum and the highest 10 percent earned more than $118,210.
The highest paying industry was the business, professional, labor, political and similar organizations industry, where the annual median salary was $68,610. The government was the second highest paying industry, where the median average salary was $67,590. This was followed by advertising, public relations and related services ($64,880) and then educational services ($59,360).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Public relations specialists have a lot of responsibility. Although the issues that they solve are out of their control, they have a lot of control over how they resolve, and maintain, a companies reputation. Therefore, public relations specialists are likely to have high autonomy. Public relations specialists are likely to work long hours, especially if things go wrong and they need to rectify a companies reputation! As a result, flexibility is lower.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a public relations specialist, based on average annual salary and the number of jobs available, are:
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary is $57,587
- Virginia, where the average annual salary is $53,303
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $48,626
- New York, where the average annual salary is $47,212
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary is $47,325
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Oklahoma, Nebraska, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi.
The largest employer of public relations specialists in the United States was educational services, which employed 13% of all public relations specialist in 2019. Advertising, public relations and related services employed 13%, the government employed 10% and business, professional, labor, political and similar organizations employ 8%.
Public relations specialists usually work in offices. However, they may also deliver speeches, attend meetings and community activities, which will mean they may have to travel and work with/meet lots of different people.