Nationally, the salary for a Communications Specialist rose 11.7 percent to an annual average of $71,000. In agencies, junior level salaries increased 11.8 percent to an annual average salary of $47,000.
The report, shows that corporate public relations salaries increased 7.6 percent during 2005, while agency public relations salaries increased 8.9 percent. By comparison, in 2004, corporate public relations salaries increased 5.3 percent and agency public relations salaries increased only 3.6 percent.
In most instances, corporate and agency salaries and bonuses in second-tier cities and suburban markets were shown to be increasing at a faster rate than those in top metropolitan markets. In the report, top metropolitan markets are defined as New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, while Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are defined as second-tier metropolitan markets.