Training Requirements for Public Relations Specialists

Public relations specialists need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Public relations specialists
Percent
Less than High School 0.8
High School 3.0
Some College 9.6
Associates Degree 4.6
Bachelors Degree 57.2
Masters Degree 20.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 4.4

Employment Outlook for Public Relations Specialists

This represents about 240,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 14,000 more public relations specialists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 43,000 more.

Typical Income for Public Relations Specialists

Hourly Income

On average,public relations specialists make $31.99 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Public relations specialists $15.43 $20.41 $27.89 $38.29 $53.15
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $10.20 $14.69 $22.69 $34.33 $49.69
Media and communication workers $12.88 $18.20 $26.34 $37.17 $50.89
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, public relations specialists make $66,540 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Public relations specialists $32,090 $42,450 $58,020 $79,650 $110,560
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $21,210 $30,560 $47,190 $71,410 $103,360
Media and communication workers $26,800 $37,860 $54,780 $77,310 $105,850
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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