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Public Relations Specialists in California

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Public Relations Specialists in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Public Relations Specialist?

11.3% Jobs Projection
$65,830 Median Salary
2,980 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Public Relations Specialists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Public Relations Specialists in California is growing faster than average.

  • Public Relations Specialists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Public Relations Specialists Work in California?

In California, there were 26,820 people working as Public Relations Specialists in the year 2018.

There were 26,890 Public Relations Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 70 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Public Relations Specialists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 2,090 Public Relations Specialists working in it, which means California has more Public Relations Specialists than average.

Public Relations Specialists in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Public Relations Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 11.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.9%.

Job Projections for Public Relations Specialists: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 2,980 annual job openings, and a total of 29,500 jobs for California Public Relations Specialists in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 28,200 annual jobs and 282,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Public Relations Specialists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Public Relations Specialists ranged from $35,750 to $121,100 with $65,830 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.19 to $58.22. The median hourly rate was $31.65.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $31.67 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.02.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Public Relations Specialists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Public Relations Specialists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Public Relations Specialists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,540 $59,830
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,660 $72,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,420 $75,200
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,200 $68,240
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,730 n/a
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,160 $60,360
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 650 n/a
Fresno, CA 250 $51,910
Santa Rosa, CA 240 $56,870
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 200 $47,200
Bakersfield, CA 200 $55,580
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 190 $55,180
Stockton-Lodi, CA 190 $46,950
Visalia-Porterville, CA 100 $36,010
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 100 $64,310
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 $68,410
Napa, CA 80 $58,920
Salinas, CA 80 $73,840
Modesto, CA 70 $49,460
Chico, CA 50 $48,130
Yuba City, CA 40 $77,730
Merced, CA 40 $74,060
Redding, CA 40 $47,600
El Centro, CA 30 $47,630

Top States for Public Relations Specialists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Public Relations Specialists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 28,360 $54,690
California 26,820 $65,830
New York 24,510 $64,650
District of Columbia 17,310 $88,670
Florida 12,050 $54,700
Pennsylvania 8,390 $56,580
Illinois 7,360 $58,700
Massachusetts 7,040 $62,290
Virginia 6,920 $71,280
Ohio 6,710 $58,890
Michigan 6,280 $56,690
Washington 5,770 $67,170
Minnesota 5,360 $58,650
Colorado 5,180 $59,990
Georgia 4,920 $56,700
Missouri 4,860 $54,580
North Carolina 4,750 $59,210
Wisconsin 3,860 $56,180
Indiana 3,850 $47,750
New Jersey 3,850 $69,520

Below are the states where Public Relations Specialists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $88,670
Virginia $71,280
New Jersey $69,520
Connecticut $67,520
Alaska $67,430
Washington $67,170
California $65,830
New York $64,650
Nevada $63,950
Maryland $62,530


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