Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
212,510 1.0 % $29.04 $60,400 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.84 $19.02 $25.57 $35.02 $46.58
Annual Wage (2) $30,860 $39,560 $53,190 $72,840 $96,880


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 30,830 7.34 $35.19 $73,190
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,440 4.64 $28.67 $59,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,780 0.59 $26.02 $54,110
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,780 0.18 $27.47 $57,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,080 0.48 $30.49 $63,420

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 30,830 7.34 $35.19 $73,190
Grantmaking and Giving Services 6,790 5.34 $27.10 $56,370
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,440 4.64 $28.67 $59,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 6,380 3.28 $24.75 $51,480
Sound Recording Industries 390 2.39 $32.07 $66,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 40 0.09 $45.38 $94,390
Postal Service 70 0.01 $43.00 $89,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,070 0.25 $41.89 $87,130
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 3,240 0.22 $40.60 $84,450
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $40.47 $84,180


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 22,920 1.63 0.99 $34.13 $70,990
New York 20,420 2.42 1.46 $33.27 $69,190
Texas 18,050 1.75 1.06 $28.15 $58,550
Florida 11,430 1.60 0.97 $28.08 $58,410
Pennsylvania 10,220 1.84 1.11 $29.03 $60,380




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 7,940 12.31 7.43 $39.93 $83,050
Colorado 7,200 3.30 1.99 $29.50 $61,360
Vermont 820 2.82 1.70 $24.29 $50,530
Massachusetts 8,650 2.74 1.65 $29.84 $62,060
South Dakota 1,060 2.70 1.63 $21.15 $44,000




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 7,940 12.31 7.43 $39.93 $83,050
California 22,920 1.63 0.99 $34.13 $70,990
Maryland 2,900 1.17 0.71 $33.98 $70,680
Virginia 7,300 2.06 1.24 $33.29 $69,250
New York 20,420 2.42 1.46 $33.27 $69,190





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 15,780 3.12 1.88 $35.48 $73,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 12,690 5.49 3.31 $39.28 $81,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,480 1.96 1.18 $34.18 $71,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,280 3.75 2.26 $29.99 $62,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,200 1.45 0.88 $29.23 $60,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,670 2.28 1.38 $33.47 $69,620
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 4,650 3.87 2.34 $30.64 $63,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,350 2.40 1.45 $33.53 $69,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,690 1.44 0.87 $27.19 $56,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,440 3.59 2.17 $40.20 $83,610