These Are The 10 States With The Highest Public Relations Internship Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do public relations internships get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for public relations internships by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for public relations internships by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for public relations internships after this adjustment? That would be Public Relations Specialists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Virginia
  2. Idaho
  3. Texas
  4. Michigan
  5. North Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. Utah
  8. Illinois
  9. Missouri
  10. Arizona

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for public relations internships from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $77870, so our index value would be:

$77,870 * (100 / 135.9) = $57,299

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for public relations internships.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Public Relations Internship Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Virginia $75,505 $76,110 100.8
2 Idaho $75,092 $69,160 92.1
3 Texas $69,812 $63,320 90.7
4 Michigan $68,696 $61,140 89.0
5 North Carolina $68,285 $64,120 93.9
6 Washington $67,880 $71,410 105.2
7 Utah $66,827 $62,150 93.0
8 Illinois $66,395 $62,810 94.6
9 Missouri $64,303 $58,130 90.4
10 Arizona $63,897 $62,620 98.0
11 West Virginia $62,869 $58,720 93.4
12 Georgia $62,855 $57,450 91.4
13 New Mexico $62,673 $60,480 96.5
14 Rhode Island $62,278 $75,170 120.7
15 Indiana $61,966 $55,460 89.5
16 Tennessee $61,890 $55,330 89.4
17 Iowa $61,604 $56,060 91.0
18 Florida $61,159 $60,120 98.3
19 Wyoming $60,893 $55,900 91.8
20 Wisconsin $60,640 $58,700 96.8
21 Delaware $60,374 $61,220 101.4
22 Ohio $60,298 $56,560 93.8
23 Kansas $60,289 $54,200 89.9
24 Mississippi $59,545 $51,150 85.9
25 Kentucky $58,784 $53,200 90.5
26 Minnesota $58,779 $59,250 100.8
27 Pennsylvania $58,530 $59,350 101.4
28 Arkansas $57,990 $50,510 87.1
29 California $57,299 $77,870 135.9
30 Nebraska $57,259 $52,450 91.6
31 Colorado $57,215 $59,390 103.8
32 Alabama $55,833 $50,920 91.2
33 Oklahoma $55,627 $49,620 89.2
34 New Jersey $55,619 $67,800 121.9
35 Connecticut $55,465 $70,830 127.7
36 North Dakota $55,442 $55,110 99.4
37 Maryland $54,629 $68,560 125.5
38 Oregon $53,780 $62,170 115.6
39 Louisiana $52,795 $50,050 94.8
40 New York $52,564 $68,860 131.0
41 Nevada $52,100 $53,820 103.3
42 New Hampshire $51,905 $60,730 117.0
43 Massachusetts $51,364 $68,520 133.4
44 Montana $50,952 $51,360 100.8
45 South Carolina $50,383 $49,980 99.2
46 Alaska $49,549 $64,960 131.1
47 Maine $48,736 $54,000 110.8
48 Vermont $47,283 $57,260 121.1
49 South Dakota $46,499 $48,220 103.7
50 Hawaii $36,837 $61,850 167.9