Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-3031 Public Relations Specialists

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
225,590 0.9 % $28.44 $59,150 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.69 $18.73 $25.05 $34.53 $45.77
Annual Wage (2) $30,560 $38,960 $52,090 $71,820 $95,200


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 30,660 7.50 $33.51 $69,700
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,030 4.72 $28.74 $59,770
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,770 0.59 $25.73 $53,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,020 0.18 $26.95 $56,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,540 0.50 $30.11 $62,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 30,660 7.50 $33.51 $69,700
Grantmaking and Giving Services 7,600 6.15 $26.97 $56,110
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,030 4.72 $28.74 $59,770
Social Advocacy Organizations 6,990 3.68 $25.95 $53,970
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 520 2.09 $29.08 $60,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,970 0.24 $41.67 $86,660
Postal Service 80 0.01 $40.54 $84,330
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 3,560 0.25 $39.69 $82,560
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $39.46 $82,080
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 650 0.11 $39.17 $81,480


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 24,150 1.73 0.97 $32.22 $67,010
New York 21,610 2.59 1.46 $33.37 $69,410
Texas 20,190 2.00 1.13 $28.19 $58,630
Florida 12,190 1.72 0.97 $27.51 $57,210
Pennsylvania 10,060 1.84 1.03 $28.54 $59,370




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 8,070 12.62 7.11 $39.68 $82,540
Colorado 8,190 3.80 2.14 $29.64 $61,650
Vermont 1,010 3.50 1.97 $24.18 $50,300
Massachusetts 9,380 3.01 1.69 $29.87 $62,140
Nebraska 2,400 2.66 1.50 $21.27 $44,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 8,070 12.62 7.11 $39.68 $82,540
New York 21,610 2.59 1.46 $33.37 $69,410
Virginia 7,960 2.26 1.27 $32.50 $67,610
California 24,150 1.73 0.97 $32.22 $67,010
Maryland 3,100 1.26 0.71 $31.43 $65,380

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,870 3.39 1.91 $35.69 $74,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,040 5.69 3.21 $39.02 $81,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,400 1.94 1.09 $30.76 $63,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,760 4.08 2.30 $30.42 $63,260
Denver-Aurora, CO 5,300 4.48 2.52 $30.32 $63,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,170 2.58 1.45 $31.76 $66,060
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,010 1.42 0.80 $28.74 $59,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,300 1.72 0.97 $28.63 $59,560
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,170 2.31 1.30 $32.07 $66,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,800 4.01 2.26 $37.82 $78,670




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,040 5.69 3.21 $39.02 $81,160
Tallahassee, FL 780 4.93 2.78 $27.97 $58,180
Jefferson City, MO 350 4.85 2.73 $24.54 $51,040
Austin-Round Rock, TX 3,620 4.76 2.68 $28.59 $59,460
Boulder, CO 720 4.75 2.67 $31.14 $64,770
Olympia, WA 440 4.64 2.62 $31.60 $65,720
Lincoln, NE 710 4.48 2.53 $23.64 $49,160
Denver-Aurora, CO 5,300 4.48 2.52 $30.32 $63,060
Columbia, MO 350 4.31 2.43 $20.04 $41,680
Bloomington, IN 310 4.27 2.41 $24.05 $50,010