Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

27-3031 Public Relations Specialists

Engage in promoting or creating good will for individuals, groups, or organizations by writing or selecting favorable publicity material and releasing it through various communications media. May prepare and arrange displays, and make speeches.

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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)
147,970 1.4 % $23.19 $48,230 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.04 $15.42 $20.48 $27.59 $37.42
Annual Wage (2) $25,050 $32,070 $42,590 $57,390 $77,830

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Advertising and related services 18,060 $27.77 $57,760 1 38
Professional and similar organizations 9,910 $22.05 $45,860 2 93
Colleges and universities 7,700 $19.05 $39,610 3 133
Local government (OES designation) 7,650 $21.93 $45,600 4 97
State government (OES designation) 4,920 $21.14 $43,970 5 108

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Hardware and plumbing merchant wholesalers 50 $48.19 $100,240 142 1
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 70 $36.47 $75,850 129 2
Household appliance manufacturing 60 $35.35 $73,530 134 3
Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers 90 $34.77 $72,330 118 4
Oil and gas extraction 90 $34.76 $72,300 120 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 3,080 $28.92 $60,140 0.518% 121
Vermont 1,060 $22.28 $46,350 0.365% 130
South Dakota 770 $17.02 $35,400 0.217% 151
Hawaii 1,150 $20.46 $42,560 0.208% 200
Washington 5,210 $27.03 $56,230 0.203% 157

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maryland 2,410 $31.20 $64,890 0.099% 86
District of Columbia 3,080 $28.92 $60,140 0.518% 121
Ohio 5,290 $27.14 $56,460 0.099% 116
Washington 5,210 $27.03 $56,230 0.203% 157
California 19,100 $26.48 $55,090 0.132% 225

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tallahassee, FL MSA 620 $23.59 $49,080 0.395%
Olympia, WA PMSA 330 $28.28 $58,820 0.389%
Burlington, VT MSA 370 $19.76 $41,100 0.352%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 700 $27.18 $56,530 0.349%
Springfield, IL MSA 380 $20.63 $42,920 0.347%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,610 $32.31 $67,210 0.183%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 2,360 $30.45 $63,330 0.242%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 6,610 $30.15 $62,720 0.245%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 1,410 $29.55 $61,460 0.189%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 240 $29.38 $61,110 0.202%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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