Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
201,280 1.0 % $29.80 $61,980 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.79 $19.27 $26.04 $35.63 $48.57
Annual Wage (2) $30,760 $40,080 $54,170 $74,110 $101,030


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 33,070 7.68 $35.92 $74,720
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,060 4.52 $30.42 $63,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,590 0.54 $26.14 $54,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,710 0.18 $27.21 $56,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 8,480 0.42 $30.71 $63,870

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 33,070 7.68 $35.92 $74,720
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,060 4.52 $30.42 $63,280
Grantmaking and Giving Services 5,600 4.38 $26.54 $55,210
Social Advocacy Organizations 7,060 3.61 $26.11 $54,300
Sound Recording Industries 350 2.13 $33.41 $69,500

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) 5,000 0.24 $42.30 $87,990
Postal Service 80 0.01 $42.22 $87,810
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 40 0.08 $41.77 $86,870
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 220 0.14 $41.14 $85,570
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 50 0.13 $40.60 $84,440


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)
California 21,920 1.53 0.99 $35.48 $73,790
New York 20,750 2.43 1.57 $32.14 $66,850
Texas 15,680 1.48 0.96 $28.51 $59,290
Pennsylvania 10,470 1.87 1.21 $29.39 $61,120
Florida 9,830 1.35 0.87 $28.57 $59,420




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 9,520 14.56 9.43 $44.30 $92,150
Vermont 730 2.49 1.61 $26.41 $54,930
Colorado 5,480 2.46 1.59 $27.62 $57,460
New York 20,750 2.43 1.57 $32.14 $66,850
Massachusetts 7,720 2.41 1.56 $30.63 $63,710




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 9,520 14.56 9.43 $44.30 $92,150
California 21,920 1.53 0.99 $35.48 $73,790
Virginia 7,050 1.96 1.27 $33.90 $70,510
Maryland 3,040 1.21 0.78 $33.39 $69,440
Arizona 2,540 1.05 0.68 $32.81 $68,230





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 16,210 3.14 2.03 $34.28 $71,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,980 5.97 3.86 $42.70 $88,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,800 2.02 1.30 $36.18 $75,250
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,750 3.36 2.18 $31.28 $65,060
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,620 2.54 1.64 $33.58 $69,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,570 1.25 0.81 $30.24 $62,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,660 1.74 1.13 $32.65 $67,910
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,610 1.37 0.89 $27.72 $57,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,550 1.57 1.02 $28.79 $59,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,530 3.53 2.28 $42.18 $87,730