Average Public Relations Associate Salary
$45,000 yearly
$16.07 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$33,000
10 %
$45,000
Median
$61,000
90 %
Public relations associates in the United States make an average salary of $45,467 per year or $21.86 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $61,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Connecticut, New Hampshire, California, Washington, and Virginia provide the highest public relations associate salaries.

Average Public Relations Associate Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where public relations associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Public Relations Associate average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$36,675
$36,675
$17.63
$17.63
Alaska
Alaska
$43,349
$43,349
$20.84
$20.84
Arizona
Arizona
$40,134
$40,134
$19.30
$19.30
Arkansas
Arkansas
$40,269
$40,269
$19.36
$19.36
California
California
$52,641
$52,641
$25.31
$25.31
Colorado
Colorado
$44,766
$44,766
$21.52
$21.52
Connecticut
Connecticut
$57,147
$57,147
$27.47
$27.47
Delaware
Delaware
$43,678
$43,678
$21.00
$21.00
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$53,996
$53,996
$25.96
$25.96
Florida
Florida
$40,656
$40,656
$19.55
$19.55
Georgia
Georgia
$38,607
$38,607
$18.56
$18.56
Hawaii
Hawaii
$39,983
$39,983
$19.22
$19.22
Idaho
Idaho
$38,678
$38,678
$18.60
$18.60
Illinois
Illinois
$42,763
$42,763
$20.56
$20.56
Indiana
Indiana
$37,240
$37,240
$17.90
$17.90
Iowa
Iowa
$40,606
$40,606
$19.52
$19.52
Kansas
Kansas
$38,468
$38,468
$18.49
$18.49
Kentucky
Kentucky
$36,645
$36,645
$17.62
$17.62
Louisiana
Louisiana
$34,076
$34,076
$16.38
$16.38
Maine
Maine
$41,825
$41,825
$20.11
$20.11
Maryland
Maryland
$50,410
$50,410
$24.24
$24.24
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$43,516
$43,516
$20.92
$20.92
Michigan
Michigan
$44,138
$44,138
$21.22
$21.22
Minnesota
Minnesota
$40,846
$40,846
$19.64
$19.64
Mississippi
Mississippi
$34,889
$34,889
$16.77
$16.77
Missouri
Missouri
$40,903
$40,903
$19.66
$19.66
Montana
Montana
$45,141
$45,141
$21.70
$21.70
Nebraska
Nebraska
$35,087
$35,087
$16.87
$16.87
Nevada
Nevada
$45,502
$45,502
$21.88
$21.88
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$54,174
$54,174
$26.05
$26.05
New Jersey
New Jersey
$49,756
$49,756
$23.92
$23.92
New Mexico
New Mexico
$33,383
$33,383
$16.05
$16.05
New York
New York
$47,375
$47,375
$22.78
$22.78
North Carolina
North Carolina
$47,207
$47,207
$22.70
$22.70
North Dakota
North Dakota
$46,356
$46,356
$22.29
$22.29
Ohio
Ohio
$44,165
$44,165
$21.23
$21.23
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$33,160
$33,160
$15.94
$15.94
Oregon
Oregon
$44,004
$44,004
$21.16
$21.16
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$46,220
$46,220
$22.22
$22.22
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$41,925
$41,925
$20.16
$20.16
South Carolina
South Carolina
$40,611
$40,611
$19.52
$19.52
South Dakota
South Dakota
$44,696
$44,696
$21.49
$21.49
Tennessee
Tennessee
$38,115
$38,115
$18.32
$18.32
Texas
Texas
$37,536
$37,536
$18.05
$18.05
Utah
Utah
$36,481
$36,481
$17.54
$17.54
Vermont
Vermont
$42,182
$42,182
$20.28
$20.28
Virginia
Virginia
$50,601
$50,601
$24.33
$24.33
Washington
Washington
$52,174
$52,174
$25.08
$25.08
West Virginia
West Virginia
$50,021
$50,021
$24.05
$24.05
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$36,818
$36,818
$17.70
$17.70
Wyoming
Wyoming
$41,409
$41,409
$19.91
$19.91

Highest Paying Cities For Public Relations Associate

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$55,509
$55,509
$26.69
$26.69
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$54,053
$54,053
$25.99
$25.99
Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City, NJ
$49,676
$49,676
$23.88
$23.88
New York, NY
New York, NY
$47,636
$47,636
$22.90
$22.90
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$46,517
$46,517
$22.36
$22.36
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$43,448
$43,448
$20.89
$20.89

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    How Much Do Public Relations Associates Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, public relations associate salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that professional, retail, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for public relations associates. For example, public relations associates make a whopping average salary of $47,763 while working for professional companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $45,552 at retail companies and $45,284 at health care companies. But public relations associates may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $38,807.
    IndustryAvg. SalaryRange
    1. Professional
    $47,763
    $33k
    $52k
    2. Retail
    $45,552
    $33k
    $52k
    3. Health Care
    $45,284
    $33k
    $52k
    4. Manufacturing
    $43,747
    $33k
    $52k
    5. Hospitality
    $38,807
    $33k
    $52k

    High Paying Public Relations Associate Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Campaign Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $40,324

    A campaign coordinator is responsible for managing media campaigns and press communications for marketing efforts on business or other industry needs. Campaign coordinators perform administrative and clerical duties under the supervision of a campaign manager and develop event activities according to the campaign theme and requirements. They also coordinate schedules with the participants, suppliers, and third-party vendors. A campaign coordinator must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in documenting reports, managing expenses, and responding to inquiries and concerns.
    10,085 Campaign Coordinator Jobs
    Media Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $40,983

    A media coordinator acts as a communications professional in charge of developing and implementing target communications and advertising for various media platforms. Media coordinators plan, implement, and monitor the social media strategy of an organization. They discern the most successful media outreach and establish advertising partnerships and business deals. They aim to increase their respective companies' brand awareness, strengthen their advertising campaigns, improve their marketing strategies, and increase their sales.
    20,545 Media Coordinator Jobs
    Publicist

    Avg. salary: $45,475

    Public Relations Supervisors are responsible for implementing the media and public relations strategy of an organization. Their duties include developing public relations campaigns, organize public relations events, assist in emergency response planning, updating documentation, monitoring media, improve management of press office, and manage media databases. They are responsible for assisting with journalistic content writing, refine internal processes, and track public relations activity performance. They help prepare reports as well as undertake competitor and market research.
    5,128 Publicist Jobs
    Communications Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $45,218

    A communications coordinator is responsible for overseeing the communications department's operations, developing the brand image, and monitoring press releases, company articles, and other related marketing materials for business promotion and visibility. Communications coordinators actively interact with existing and potential clients, negotiate contracts, and build profitable partnerships. They also develop strategic procedures for creating the business' online presence, organizing promotional events, and media conferences. A communications coordinator must have excellent communication and organization skills to maintain a good reputation and customer satisfaction.
    23,119 Communications Coordinator Jobs
    Community Relations Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $42,239

    A public relations coordinator or community relations coordinator is a professional who is responsible for promoting or creating a public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. Since businesses are major contributors to communities and fundraisers, public relations coordinators are required to handle donations requests and build a marketing platform for the company. They must work with advertising representatives and other members of the media team to help promote the image of the company to the community. Community relations coordinators are also required to handle charity events such as blood drives or hold a corporate carnivals to benefit cancer research.
    22,312 Community Relations Coordinator Jobs
    Publications Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $42,499

    A publications coordinator is responsible for assisting the publishing processes from the drafting to the distribution of materials. Publications coordinators check the accuracy and quality of the content, ensuring that the materials are free from plagiarism and adhere to publishing guidelines and regulations. They also follow publishing deadlines and confirm the submission of all materials in printing. A publication coordinator assists the marketing team in promoting the organization's products by handling and updating social media accounts, as well as searching for the recent trends as an issue for the next publications.
    12,678 Publications Coordinator Jobs

    Public Relations Associate Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a public relations associate can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Public Relations Associates The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Gap as they offer the highest salaries for public relations associates.
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    Recently Added Public Relations Associate Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Public Relations Multimedia Associate
    Public Relations Multimedia Associate
    Portland, ME
    Portland, ME
    06/11/2021
    06/11/2021
    $45,000
    $45,000
    06/11/2021
    State of North Carolina
    State of North Carolina
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Boone, NC
    Boone, NC
    06/09/2021
    06/09/2021
    $34,190
    $34,190
    06/09/2021
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    Senior PR Associate
    Senior PR Associate
    Senior PR Associate
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    05/29/2021
    05/29/2021
    $55,000
    $55,000
    05/29/2021
    Crowne Plaza Dia
    Crowne Plaza Dia
    Housekeeping Associate-Public Space
    Housekeeping Associate-Public Space
    Housekeeping Associate-Public Space
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    05/28/2021
    05/28/2021
    $30,262
    $30,262
    05/28/2021
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    Junior PR Associate
    Junior PR Associate
    Junior PR Associate
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    05/25/2021
    05/25/2021
    $35,000
    $35,000
    05/25/2021
    State of North Carolina
    State of North Carolina
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Boone, NC
    Boone, NC
    05/23/2021
    05/23/2021
    $34,190
    $34,190
    05/23/2021
    State of North Carolina
    State of North Carolina
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Boone, NC
    Boone, NC
    05/23/2021
    05/23/2021
    $34,190
    $34,190
    05/23/2021
    Moo Properties
    Moo Properties
    Public Relations Associate
    Public Relations Associate
    Public Relations Associate
    Kansas City, MO
    Kansas City, MO
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $42,000
    $42,000
    03/29/2021
    State of Nebraska
    State of Nebraska
    Associate Public Guardian
    Associate Public Guardian
    Associate Public Guardian
    Lincoln, NE
    Lincoln, NE
    03/22/2021
    03/22/2021
    $50,146
    $50,146
    03/22/2021
    State of North Carolina
    State of North Carolina
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Probation/Parole Associate NC Dept. of Public Safety
    Boone, NC
    Boone, NC
    03/08/2021
    03/08/2021
    $34,190
    $34,190
    03/08/2021

    Average Public Relations Associate Salary by Demographic

    Public Relations Associate Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $48,649
    female-income
    Female Income
    $46,996
    Median Public Relations Associate Income by Race
    Asian public relations associates have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino public relations associates have the lowest average salary at $46,253.
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    $48,000
    $47,000
    $46,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$47,134
    Black or African American$48,995
    Asian$50,025
    Unknown$46,707
    Hispanic or Latino$46,253
    Average Public Relations Associate Salary by Education Level
    Public relations associates with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $52,845 annually. With a Doctorate degree, public relations associates earn a median annual income of $52,836 compared to $46,996 for public relations associates with an Bachelors degree.
    $53,000
    $51,000
    $49,000
    $47,000
    $45,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$46,996
    Master's Degree$52,845
    Doctorate Degree$52,836