The 10 States With The Highest Public Relations Internship Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Tennessee
  3. Illinois
  4. Idaho
  5. Arkansas
  6. Michigan
  7. Utah
  8. Washington
  9. North Carolina
  10. Georgia

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:

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  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia Beach
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Virginia

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for public relations internships from the 2018 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 $72910, so our index value would be:

$72,910 * (100 / 135.9) = $53,649

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 $77,787 $78,410 100.8
2 Tennessee $71,778 $64,170 89.4
3 Illinois $70,000 $66,220 94.6
4 Idaho $69,902 $64,380 92.1
5 Arkansas $69,425 $60,470 87.1
6 Michigan $69,393 $61,760 89.0
7 Utah $69,010 $64,180 93.0
8 Washington $68,925 $72,510 105.2
9 North Carolina $68,636 $64,450 93.9
10 Georgia $67,910 $62,070 91.4
11 Ohio $66,886 $62,740 93.8
12 Texas $66,813 $60,600 90.7
13 West Virginia $66,713 $62,310 93.4
14 Missouri $66,305 $59,940 90.4
15 Colorado $64,075 $66,510 103.8
16 Arizona $63,775 $62,500 98.0
17 Wyoming $63,649 $58,430 91.8
18 Wisconsin $63,078 $61,060 96.8
19 North Dakota $62,635 $62,260 99.4
20 Iowa $62,505 $56,880 91.0
21 Kansas $62,480 $56,170 89.9
22 New Jersey $62,075 $75,670 121.9
23 Florida $61,973 $60,920 98.3
24 Mississippi $61,513 $52,840 85.9
25 Minnesota $61,051 $61,540 100.8
26 Pennsylvania $60,660 $61,510 101.4
27 Nevada $60,551 $62,550 103.3
28 New Mexico $60,466 $58,350 96.5
29 Indiana $60,189 $53,870 89.5
30 Delaware $59,556 $60,390 101.4
31 Alabama $59,089 $53,890 91.2
32 Oregon $57,785 $66,800 115.6
33 Connecticut $57,635 $73,600 127.7
34 Oklahoma $57,242 $51,060 89.2
35 Maryland $56,597 $71,030 125.5
36 New York $56,488 $74,000 131.0
37 Louisiana $56,318 $53,390 94.8
38 Montana $56,269 $56,720 100.8
39 Nebraska $56,004 $51,300 91.6
40 Rhode Island $55,907 $67,480 120.7
41 Kentucky $55,889 $50,580 90.5
42 South Carolina $55,302 $54,860 99.2
43 California $53,649 $72,910 135.9
44 Alaska $53,447 $70,070 131.1
45 Maine $51,904 $57,510 110.8
46 Massachusetts $51,431 $68,610 133.4
47 New Hampshire $51,256 $59,970 117.0
48 South Dakota $49,411 $51,240 103.7
49 Vermont $48,059 $58,200 121.1
50 Hawaii $38,612 $64,830 167.9
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