Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
208,030 1.0 % $30.79 $64,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.99 $19.62 $26.77 $36.84 $50.83
Annual Wage (2) $31,190 $40,810 $55,680 $76,630 $105,720


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 35,780 7.56 $35.64 $74,140
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,500 4.57 $32.66 $67,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,740 0.54 $27.08 $56,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,650 0.18 $28.38 $59,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,050 0.41 $33.42 $69,520

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 35,780 7.56 $35.64 $74,140
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,500 4.57 $32.66 $67,930
Grantmaking and Giving Services 5,620 4.24 $28.15 $58,560
Social Advocacy Organizations 8,190 4.07 $28.15 $58,550
Sound Recording Industries 320 1.99 $31.32 $65,140

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 (8) (8) $46.66 $97,060
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.06 $43.44 $90,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $42.96 $89,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,030 0.25 $42.93 $89,290
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 260 0.13 $42.73 $88,870


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 24,540 2.78 1.81 $32.55 $67,700
California 21,440 1.42 0.92 $35.13 $73,060
Texas 18,020 1.60 1.04 $28.30 $58,870
District of Columbia 12,520 18.55 12.05 $48.00 $99,830
Florida 10,560 1.38 0.89 $28.38 $59,020



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 12,520 18.55 12.05 $48.00 $99,830
New York 24,540 2.78 1.81 $32.55 $67,700
Vermont 810 2.69 1.75 $27.91 $58,040
South Dakota 960 2.34 1.52 $22.05 $45,870
Rhode Island 1,070 2.31 1.50 $28.99 $60,310



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 12,520 18.55 12.05 $48.00 $99,830
Virginia 7,430 2.04 1.32 $37.28 $77,550
California 21,440 1.42 0.92 $35.13 $73,060
New Jersey 3,650 0.94 0.61 $34.32 $71,390
Maryland 3,570 1.40 0.91 $32.58 $67,760




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 19,470 3.61 2.35 $34.40 $71,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 17,100 7.19 4.67 $46.76 $97,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,450 1.59 1.03 $34.61 $71,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,230 2.92 1.89 $30.90 $64,270
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,540 1.60 1.04 $27.90 $58,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,440 2.38 1.55 $31.74 $66,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,290 1.14 0.74 $31.13 $64,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,140 1.85 1.20 $29.82 $62,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 3.21 2.09 $40.16 $83,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,380 1.42 0.92 $29.08 $60,500