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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Public Relations Associate Salary

$51,117 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$24.58 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10 %
$51,117
Median
$71,000
90 %

How much does a Public Relations Associate make?

Public relations associates make $51,117 per year on average, or $24.58 per hour, in the United States. Public relations associates on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a public relations associate can expect to make. Public relations associates make the most in Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Public Relations Associates

Public Relations Associate average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Oregon$63,543$30.55212
2Alaska$60,261$28.9753
3Connecticut$60,424$29.05150
4Idaho$55,351$26.6190
5California$61,980$29.801,329
6Washington$74,586$35.86238
7District of Columbia$58,446$28.10270
8Virginia$57,592$27.69415
9Wyoming$50,609$24.3349
10Maryland$57,906$27.84265
11Minnesota$58,288$28.02224
12Montana$50,859$24.4568
13New Jersey$58,498$28.12274
14New York$54,413$26.16655
15Utah$50,353$24.21156
16North Dakota$49,597$23.8442
17Delaware$49,372$23.7488
18West Virginia$49,491$23.7957
19Colorado$52,473$25.23220
20Arkansas$50,691$24.3788
21Pennsylvania$51,967$24.98322
22Ohio$50,664$24.36193
23Rhode Island$46,599$22.4080
24Texas$50,033$24.05636
25Kentucky$49,579$23.84107
26New Hampshire$48,272$23.2167
27Nebraska$47,535$22.8584
28Nevada$47,374$22.7890
29Illinois$48,510$23.32482
30Massachusetts$48,569$23.35375
31South Dakota$42,958$20.6565
32Michigan$45,888$22.06272
33Vermont$43,161$20.7566
34Tennessee$46,506$22.36162
35Arizona$44,682$21.48228
36Hawaii$43,948$21.1340
37Iowa$45,764$22.00106
38Maine$39,032$18.7782
39South Carolina$42,965$20.66160
40Wisconsin$43,075$20.71163
41North Carolina$41,339$19.87342
42New Mexico$40,889$19.6669
43Oklahoma$40,143$19.30113
44Missouri$42,431$20.40162
45Georgia$39,212$18.85412
46Kansas$41,304$19.8680
47Louisiana$40,173$19.31109
48Florida$36,205$17.41608
49Alabama$40,047$19.25116
50Indiana$38,038$18.29159
51Mississippi$36,419$17.5163

Highest Paying Cities For Public Relations Associates

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$75,171$36.14
2Roseville, CA$68,393$32.88
3Arlington, VA$58,828$28.28
4Washington, DC$58,521$28.14
5Minneapolis, MN$58,404$28.08
6Jersey City, NJ$58,269$28.01
7Gaithersburg, MD$57,910$27.84
8New York, NY$54,635$26.27
9Denver, CO$52,530$25.25
10Philadelphia, PA$52,039$25.02
11Helena, MT$51,207$24.62
12Salt Lake City, UT$50,500$24.28
13Austin, TX$49,889$23.99
14Northbrook, IL$48,810$23.47
15Milton, MA$48,622$23.38

Public Relations Associate Salary Details

Public Relations Associate Salary

What is a Public Relations Associate's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
Average$51,117$4,260$25
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Campaign Coordinator$44,324$3,694$21.3124,801
Media Coordinator$46,742$3,895$22.4735,285
Publicist$42,140$3,512$20.267,343
Communications Coordinator$45,455$3,788$21.8539,790
Community Relations Coordinator$46,371$3,864$22.2946,318
Publications Coordinator$45,568$3,797$21.9127,541

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Citi Jobs (5)
  2. American Red Cross Jobs (6)
  3. AT&T Jobs (4)
  4. MWW Jobs (7)
  5. MSG Entertainment Jobs (20)

Which Companies Pay Public Relations Associates The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, McKinsey & Company Inc and Goodwin are the highest paying companies for public relations associates.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1McKinsey & Company Inc$81,378$39.1248
2Goodwin$79,783$38.362
3Bain & Company$79,678$38.3111
4Federal Reserve$65,680$31.583
5Grant Thornton$58,593$28.177
6J.P. Morgan$56,587$27.21
7Dimensional Fund Advisors$56,581$27.20
8General Electric$56,363$27.106
9Federal Reserve Bank$56,040$26.944
10Marsh & McLennan Companies$55,027$26.468
11American Enterprise Institute$54,879$26.386
12AstraZeneca$54,396$26.154
13Mattel$54,232$26.074
14SmithBucklin$54,127$26.022
15Air Incorporated$54,030$25.98
16Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America$53,832$25.88
17Capgemini$53,720$25.832
18Fashion Avenue Knits$53,352$25.65
19Onward Search$53,350$25.65
20Andrew International Services Corporation$53,348$25.65

How Much Do Public Relations Associates Make In Different Industries?

Public relations associate salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the manufacturing, media, and professional industries tend to offer much higher salaries for public relations associates. For example, public relations associates make a whopping average salary of $54,912 while working in the manufacturing industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $53,894 in the media industry and $53,668 in the professional industry.

Public relations associates may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $48,657.

Highest Paying Industries For Public Relations Associates

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Manufacturing$54,912$26.40
2Media$53,894$25.91
3Professional$53,668$25.80
4Finance$53,346$25.65
5Health Care$53,304$25.63
6Hospitality$53,185$25.57
7Education$53,077$25.52
8Real Estate$52,861$25.41
9Retail$52,457$25.22
10Non Profits$48,657$23.39

High Paying Public Relations Associate Jobs

Public Relations Associate Salary Trends

Average Public Relations Associate Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Public Relations Associate Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$51,100$24.58+2.6%
    2021$49,800$23.93+1.9%
    2020$48,800$23.48+1.2%
    2019$48,300$23.20+2.2%
    2018$47,200$22.70+2.2%

    Recently Added Public Relations Associate Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Science Museum of MinnesotaPublic Safety Associate 1Saint Paul, MN05/31/2022$39,653
    State of North CarolinaCorrectional Associate Warden-NC Dept. of Public Safety-Warren CountyWarrenton, NC05/25/2022$47,959
    PapierPR & Influencer Marketing AssociateNew York, NY05/18/2022$40,000
    Yoh Staffing SolutionsPublic Relations AssociateNew York, NY05/09/2022$83,480
    State of North CarolinaCorrectional Associate Warden-NC Dept. of Public Safety-Buncombe CountyAsheville, NC05/06/2022$42,780
    Youthbuild USADonor Relations AssociateRowe, MA05/01/2022$50,000
    Youthbuild USADonor Relations AssociateRowe, MA04/20/2022$50,000
    State of North CarolinaCorrectional Associate Warden NC Dept. of Public SafetyTaylorsville, NC04/15/2022$46,203
    Brilliant EarthPR Senior AssociateNew York, NY04/10/2022$70,000
    North Star InboundDigital PR AssociateAustin, TX03/24/2022$50,000

    Public Relations Associate Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Public Relations Associates the most?

    Washington pays Public Relations Associates the most in the United States, with an average salary of $74,586 per year, or $35.86 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Public Relations Associate?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Public Relations Associate if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Oregon you should be paid close to $63,543 per year.

    What type of Public Relations Associate gets paid the most?

    Public Relations Manager gets paid the most. Public Relations Manager made a median salary of $100,440. The best-paid 10 percent make $125,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $80,000.

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