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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
239,030 1.0 % $32.90 $68,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.20 $21.39 $28.85 $39.21 $54.00
Annual Wage (2) $33,690 $44,490 $60,000 $81,550 $112,310


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 36,230 7.41 $38.22 $79,500
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,370 4.69 $34.91 $72,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 17,090 0.56 $29.20 $60,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,960 0.22 $30.18 $62,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 10,850 0.46 $35.45 $73,730

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 36,230 7.41 $38.22 $79,500
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,140 4.71 $29.69 $61,750
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,370 4.69 $34.91 $72,620
Grantmaking and Giving Services 6,280 4.42 $33.25 $69,160
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,840 1.77 $26.41 $54,920

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) 5,100 0.25 $46.14 $95,980
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 480 0.16 $44.69 $92,950
Software Publishers 1,550 0.39 $43.82 $91,140
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $43.72 $90,930
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 150 0.81 $43.39 $90,250


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)
Texas 28,360 2.34 1.42 $29.13 $60,600
California 26,820 1.58 0.95 $35.05 $72,910
New York 24,510 2.61 1.58 $35.58 $74,000
District of Columbia 17,310 24.30 14.71 $51.68 $107,490
Florida 12,050 1.40 0.85 $29.29 $60,920




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 17,310 24.30 14.71 $51.68 $107,490
Vermont 930 3.05 1.85 $27.98 $58,200
New York 24,510 2.61 1.58 $35.58 $74,000
Rhode Island 1,150 2.39 1.44 $32.44 $67,480
Texas 28,360 2.34 1.42 $29.13 $60,600




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 17,310 24.30 14.71 $51.68 $107,490
Virginia 6,920 1.80 1.09 $37.70 $78,410
New Jersey 3,850 0.95 0.57 $36.38 $75,670
New York 24,510 2.61 1.58 $35.58 $74,000
Connecticut 1,780 1.07 0.65 $35.39 $73,600





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 22,880 2.41 1.46 $37.14 $77,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 22,460 7.16 4.34 $49.22 $102,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,710 2.72 1.65 $29.50 $61,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,540 1.56 0.94 $32.31 $67,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,660 2.75 1.67 $37.55 $78,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,370 2.13 1.29 $31.31 $65,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,310 1.36 0.82 $31.59 $65,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,910 2.14 1.30 $34.13 $70,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,480 2.29 1.39 $30.11 $62,630
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,460 1.72 1.04 $29.67 $61,710