Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
202,530 0.9 % $30.30 $63,020 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.80 $19.37 $26.41 $36.14 $49.64
Annual Wage (2) $30,790 $40,290 $54,940 $75,180 $103,240


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 33,460 7.53 $37.03 $77,010
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,000 4.48 $31.58 $65,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,660 0.53 $26.14 $54,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,670 0.18 $27.68 $57,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises 8,850 0.42 $31.91 $66,370

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 33,460 7.53 $37.03 $77,010
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 19,000 4.48 $31.58 $65,680
Grantmaking and Giving Services 5,380 4.13 $27.22 $56,620
Social Advocacy Organizations 7,280 3.66 $27.14 $56,450
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 380 1.88 $27.80 $57,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $45.98 $95,640
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 340 0.04 $43.37 $90,200
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 30 0.07 $43.00 $89,450
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.19 $42.85 $89,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,040 0.25 $42.33 $88,040


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 22,380 2.59 1.70 $31.96 $66,480
California 21,730 1.48 0.97 $34.32 $71,390
Texas 16,050 1.47 0.96 $27.40 $57,000
District of Columbia 10,710 16.08 10.53 $49.22 $102,380
Pennsylvania 10,060 1.79 1.17 $29.69 $61,760




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 10,710 16.08 10.53 $49.22 $102,380
Vermont 840 2.81 1.84 $27.28 $56,740
New York 22,380 2.59 1.70 $31.96 $66,480
South Dakota 960 2.38 1.56 $21.26 $44,210
Rhode Island 1,000 2.19 1.44 $29.30 $60,940




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 10,710 16.08 10.53 $49.22 $102,380
Virginia 7,220 1.99 1.30 $37.75 $78,520
California 21,730 1.48 0.97 $34.32 $71,390
Maryland 3,650 1.44 0.94 $32.83 $68,290
New Jersey 3,260 0.85 0.56 $32.42 $67,430





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 17,830 3.40 2.23 $33.81 $70,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 15,270 6.45 4.22 $47.81 $99,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,500 1.89 1.24 $35.19 $73,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,010 2.87 1.88 $31.21 $64,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,870 1.32 0.86 $32.30 $67,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,560 2.48 1.62 $33.62 $69,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,950 1.43 0.94 $25.73 $53,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,640 1.69 1.11 $29.37 $61,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,580 3.43 2.24 $39.61 $82,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,440 1.49 0.97 $28.99 $60,300