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Salaries: Public Relations Directors

IStock_000016192221SmallWe start this report with some information from the US Department of Labor and then visit commercial sites with more updated information and end with the PSRA’s Job Center.  Links are included. 

United States Department of Labor

Occupational Outlook Manual  Summary

Public relations and fundraising managers plan campaigns to raise donations or improve the public image of their clients.

Quick Facts: Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

2015 Median Pay

$104,140 per year 
$50.07 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

5 years or more

On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2014


Job Outlook, 2014-24

7% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2014-24




Director of Public Relations Salaries

227 Salaries  Updated Sep 6, 2016

National Avg  $82,799



Public Relations (PR) Director Salary  (United States)

A Public Relations (PR) Director earns an average salary of $81,471 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.


National Salary Data (?)




$45,755 - $129,746



$979 - $22,979


Profit Sharing

$0.00 - $15,574





Total Pay (?)

$42,567 - $136,515


Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 381


PSRA JobCenter

From the Public Relations Society of America

Salaries for PR Professionals

Average Salaries for Public Relations Professionals: 2016

Salaries for corporate communicators are available here.


NATIONWIDE (all locations & specialties)

Percent Change from 2015

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Senior vice president



Vice president



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Senior account executive



Account executive





Sample METRO AREAS (all specialties)

Percentage Change from 2015

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Senior vice president



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Senior account executive



Account executive




Source: “The Official PR Salary & Bonus Report” — 2016 Edition, Spring Associates, Inc., New York, N.Y.   
Please note, information is meant to be used as a "guide" only.

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