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Public Relations Specialists in Virginia

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

16.1% Jobs Projection
$71,280 Median Salary
850 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Public Relations Specialists Work in Virginia?

In 2018, there were 6,920 Public Relations Specialists working in the state.

There were 6,680 Public Relations Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 240 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Public Relations Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 16.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.9%.


Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 850 annual job openings, and a total of 8,300 jobs for Virginia 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 Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Public Relations Specialists ranged from $40,810 to $125,970 with $71,280 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.62 to $60.56. The median hourly rate was $34.27.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $34.13 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.14.

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


Top Virginia 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 22,460 $85,640
Richmond, VA 1,260 $64,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 850 $61,230
Charlottesville, VA 230 $64,060
Roanoke, VA 140 $56,340
Harrisonburg, VA 130 $48,090
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 90 $39,350
Lynchburg, VA 80 $44,930
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 70 $56,860
Winchester, VA-WV 40 $64,050
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 40 n/a

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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