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Public Relations Specialists in Illinois

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7.1% Jobs Projection
$58,700 Median Salary
960 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Public Relations Specialists Work in Illinois?

In 2018, there were 7,360 Public Relations Specialists working in the state.

There were 6,230 Public Relations Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,130 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Public Relations Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 7.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.9%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 960 annual job openings, and a total of 9,670 jobs for Illinois 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 Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Public Relations Specialists ranged from $36,260 to $106,940 with $58,700 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.43 to $51.41. The median hourly rate was $28.22.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $28.4 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.18.

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


Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,310 $58,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,050 $57,420
Champaign-Urbana, IL 190 $50,850
Springfield, IL 150 n/a
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 150 $54,470
Peoria, IL 150 $70,790
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 70 $41,360
Carbondale-Marion, IL 50 $58,230
Rockford, IL 40 $46,900

Top States for Public Relations Specialists Employment

View the list below to see 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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