If I want to be a top earner in PR and still take a vacation I’m going to have to live in the Midwest and work in government PR. That’s according to the results of the first-ever PR Daily Salary and Job Satisfaction survey.
The survey also found that more than half of PR respondents say they work more than 40 hours a week. Most received a raise last year.
Despite the gains, most PR professionals are dissatisfied with their pay. More than half (52 percent) of respondents said they are somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their compensation.
More than 2,700 public relations professionals took part in the online survey, which was conducted in December 2012. “Everyone’s curious about what their peers in the industry earn, but they rarely ask,” said Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications and publisher of PR Daily in a press release.
Forty-three percent of respondents have been in the PR field from five to 20 years; most respondents (77 percent) were women.
Other findings include:
- Government PR professionals get the most vacation time: 42 percent get four weeks or more.
- Most respondents work at least 40 hours a week: 57 percent say they log 40 to 50 hours per week.
- Deskbound lunches are most common: 69 percent of respondents have lunch at their desks on most days.
- The Midwest is home to the most top earns in PR: 33 percent of those earning more than $25o,000 hail from this region. Most PR professionals (51 percent) make between $35,000 and $75,000.