Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
166,210 1.2 % $23.80 $49,510 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.38 $15.85 $21.07 $28.54 $39.00
Annual Wage (2) $25,750 $32,970 $43,830 $59,360 $81,120

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Advertising and related services 22,260 $28.22 $58,690
Professional and similar organizations 12,110 $25.16 $52,340
Colleges and universities 9,680 $20.35 $42,330
Local government (OES designation) 8,100 $22.49 $46,770
Management of companies and enterprises 5,790 $24.87 $51,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 60 $68.46 $142,400
Hardware and plumbing merchant wholesalers 50 $39.81 $82,810
Postal service 50 $37.79 $78,600
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 670 $36.47 $75,860
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 60 $35.54 $73,920

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
District of Columbia 5,030 $34.91 $72,600 0.834%
Vermont 910 $23.26 $48,370 0.310%
South Dakota 900 $17.99 $37,420 0.244%
Hawaii 1,350 $20.85 $43,360 0.239%
Florida 15,460 $20.88 $43,430 0.211%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 5,030 $34.91 $72,600 0.834%
Virginia 6,270 $28.61 $59,500 0.182%
Nevada 730 $27.98 $58,190 0.065%
Washington 4,730 $27.40 $56,990 0.183%
Maryland 2,770 $26.70 $55,530 0.113%

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
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 450 $11.14 $23,180 0.532%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 740 $21.44 $44,590 0.484%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 810 $30.36 $63,160 0.407%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 1,720 $29.98 $62,360 0.386%
Olympia, WA PMSA 330 $29.79 $61,960 0.380%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 9,520 $34.49 $71,730 0.345%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 2,760 $32.76 $68,150 0.289%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,450 $30.73 $63,920 0.171%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 810 $30.36 $63,160 0.407%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 730 $30.06 $62,520 0.366%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

All Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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