Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
226,940 0.9 % $31.99 $66,540 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.43 $20.41 $27.89 $38.29 $53.15
Annual Wage (2) $32,090 $42,450 $58,020 $79,650 $110,560


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 38,090 7.86 $35.69 $74,230
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 21,130 4.92 $33.79 $70,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,490 0.55 $28.29 $58,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 10,250 0.45 $34.50 $71,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,190 0.19 $29.43 $61,210

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 38,090 7.86 $35.69 $74,230
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 21,130 4.92 $33.79 $70,270
Grantmaking and Giving Services 6,810 4.89 $31.44 $65,390
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,130 4.45 $28.88 $60,060
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,180 1.45 $26.79 $55,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) (8) (8) $49.35 $102,650
Software Publishers 1,310 0.38 $46.93 $97,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $45.09 $93,780
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 380 0.10 $44.91 $93,400
Rail Transportation 150 0.07 $44.35 $92,240


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 25,940 2.21 1.37 $30.44 $63,320
New York 25,460 2.80 1.73 $33.11 $68,860
California 24,690 1.55 0.96 $37.44 $77,870
District of Columbia 16,540 23.55 14.57 $46.03 $95,750
Florida 11,210 1.36 0.84 $28.90 $60,120




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 16,540 23.55 14.57 $46.03 $95,750
Vermont 1,020 3.36 2.08 $27.53 $57,260
New York 25,460 2.80 1.73 $33.11 $68,860
Rhode Island 1,150 2.42 1.50 $36.14 $75,170
South Dakota 950 2.28 1.41 $23.18 $48,220




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 16,540 23.55 14.57 $46.03 $95,750
California 24,690 1.55 0.96 $37.44 $77,870
Virginia 6,920 1.84 1.14 $36.59 $76,110
Rhode Island 1,150 2.42 1.50 $36.14 $75,170
Washington 5,390 1.76 1.09 $34.33 $71,410





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 20,830 8.36 5.17 $45.05 $93,700
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 20,730 3.15 1.95 $34.59 $71,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,610 1.80 1.12 $35.34 $73,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,560 2.70 1.67 $33.18 $69,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,290 2.14 1.33 $29.89 $62,170
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,440 2.46 1.52 $34.48 $71,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,380 4.11 2.54 $45.32 $94,270
Austin-Round Rock, TX 4,210 4.36 2.70 $32.82 $68,260
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,140 1.14 0.70 $30.36 $63,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,770 1.48 0.91 $28.50 $59,280