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Public Relations Specialists in Washington

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17.4% Jobs Projection
$67,170 Median Salary
770 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Public Relations Specialists Work in Washington?

In 2018, there were 5,770 Public Relations Specialists working in the state.

There were 5,860 Public Relations Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 90 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Washington

Jobs for Public Relations Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 17.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.9%.


Washington Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 770 annual job openings, and 7,370 total jobs in 2026 for Public Relations Specialists in this state.

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

What do Public Relations Specialists Make in Washington?

In 2018 wages for Public Relations Specialists ranged from $39,530 to $110,670 with $67,170 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.01 to $53.21. The median hourly rate was $32.29.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $31.57 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.72.

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


Top Washington 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
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,020 $68,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,450 $63,910
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 600 $67,500
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 250 $56,920
Kennewick-Richland, WA 130 $80,660
Bellingham, WA 60 $55,490
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 60 $63,470
Wenatchee, WA 50 $60,590
Yakima, WA 50 $61,800
Walla Walla, WA 30 $62,110

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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