Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
233,730 1.0 % $32.69 $67,990 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.79 $20.94 $28.51 $38.92 $53.97
Annual Wage (2) $32,840 $43,550 $59,300 $80,940 $112,260


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 38,900 7.85 $37.60 $78,200
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,840 4.78 $34.32 $71,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,280 0.54 $28.37 $59,010
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,650 0.20 $29.33 $61,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises 10,330 0.44 $35.39 $73,600

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 38,900 7.85 $37.60 $78,200
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 20,840 4.78 $34.32 $71,380
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,860 4.64 $29.00 $60,320
Grantmaking and Giving Services 6,610 4.64 $33.08 $68,800
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,360 1.55 $26.64 $55,400

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) 5,190 0.26 $45.20 $94,010
Software Publishers 1,240 0.34 $44.35 $92,250
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 1,800 0.20 $44.13 $91,800
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 340 0.07 $43.66 $90,820
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 400 0.11 $43.63 $90,750


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 27,780 2.34 1.42 $30.75 $63,970
California 26,890 1.61 0.98 $36.32 $75,540
New York 24,470 2.66 1.62 $34.68 $72,130
District of Columbia 17,350 24.50 14.94 $49.42 $102,790
Florida 11,030 1.31 0.80 $29.29 $60,930




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 17,350 24.50 14.94 $49.42 $102,790
Vermont 1,050 3.45 2.10 $28.27 $58,800
New York 24,470 2.66 1.62 $34.68 $72,130
Texas 27,780 2.34 1.42 $30.75 $63,970
Rhode Island 1,090 2.30 1.40 $35.46 $73,760




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 17,350 24.50 14.94 $49.42 $102,790
Virginia 6,680 1.76 1.08 $37.97 $78,980
California 26,890 1.61 0.98 $36.32 $75,540
Rhode Island 1,090 2.30 1.40 $35.46 $73,760
New York 24,470 2.66 1.62 $34.68 $72,130



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 21,530 8.55 5.21 $48.13 $100,120
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 20,260 3.03 1.85 $36.16 $75,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,210 1.85 1.13 $33.29 $69,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,410 2.97 1.81 $32.58 $67,760
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,440 2.20 1.34 $32.13 $66,830
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,670 2.54 1.55 $34.64 $72,050
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,600 4.12 2.51 $45.26 $94,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,500 1.23 0.75 $30.97 $64,410
Austin-Round Rock, TX 4,390 4.41 2.69 $32.40 $67,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,090 2.12 1.29 $29.78 $61,940


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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 21,530 8.55 5.21 $48.13 $100,120
Jefferson City, MO 440 5.96 3.63 $30.69 $63,840
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 580 5.31 3.24 (8) (8)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,130 5.26 3.21 $36.54 $76,010
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 190 4.53 2.77 $31.19 $64,870
Austin-Round Rock, TX 4,390 4.41 2.69 $32.40 $67,390
Corvallis, OR 160 4.28 2.61 $31.55 $65,620
Ames, IA 190 4.28 2.61 $25.77 $53,600
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,600 4.12 2.51 $45.26 $94,140
Columbia, MO 380 4.12 2.51 $24.50 $50,960