Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
218,910 1.1 % $31.65 $65,830 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.24 $19.96 $27.29 $37.66 $52.92
Annual Wage (2) $31,690 $41,520 $56,770 $78,340 $110,080


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 38,060 7.94 $36.23 $75,370
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,910 4.85 $33.79 $70,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,440 0.55 $27.63 $57,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,980 0.19 $28.96 $60,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,610 0.43 $34.61 $71,980

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 38,060 7.94 $36.23 $75,370
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,910 4.85 $33.79 $70,290
Grantmaking and Giving Services 6,180 4.53 $30.52 $63,490
Social Advocacy Organizations 8,200 4.09 $29.20 $60,740
Sound Recording Industries 260 1.61 $32.65 $67,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 260 0.07 $49.71 $103,390
Rail Transportation 140 0.06 $49.24 $102,430
Other Financial Investment Activities 910 0.21 $47.35 $98,500
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $43.47 $90,420
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,950 0.25 $43.10 $89,640


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)
New York 26,210 2.92 1.84 $34.22 $71,180
California 22,820 1.47 0.93 $37.13 $77,220
Texas 21,920 1.89 1.19 $29.87 $62,130
District of Columbia 14,340 21.22 13.36 $47.01 $97,790
Florida 11,170 1.41 0.89 $28.70 $59,700



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 14,340 21.22 13.36 $47.01 $97,790
New York 26,210 2.92 1.84 $34.22 $71,180
Vermont 840 2.77 1.75 $27.06 $56,290
Rhode Island 1,260 2.68 1.69 (8) (8)
South Dakota 1,010 2.44 1.54 $22.42 $46,630



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 14,340 21.22 13.36 $47.01 $97,790
Virginia 7,270 1.97 1.24 $38.02 $79,080
California 22,820 1.47 0.93 $37.13 $77,220
New York 26,210 2.92 1.84 $34.22 $71,180
Connecticut 1,440 0.87 0.55 $33.46 $69,610




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 21,740 3.35 2.11 $35.98 $74,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 18,930 7.83 4.93 $46.20 $96,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,130 1.74 1.09 $35.12 $73,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,440 2.34 1.47 $33.51 $69,700
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,150 1.76 1.11 $29.26 $60,860
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,850 2.75 1.73 $31.79 $66,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,120 1.15 0.73 $30.79 $64,040
Austin-Round Rock, TX 4,000 4.31 2.72 $31.31 $65,130
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 3,640 3.57 2.25 $48.02 $99,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,560 1.44 0.90 $28.59 $59,460