Public Relations SpecialistSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Public relations specialists are experts in crafting appearances for individuals and companies. They communicate with the public to generate positive publicity for their clients and enhance their reputation. They will use a combination of offline and online presences, which may include website features, social media posts, interviews, local charity events, or more. The PR specialist will be the first point of contact for those looking for information on the company.

PR specialists will need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also have the ability to perform research and gather analytics on a monthly basis to report what the public opinion of the company or individual is.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a public relations specialist is $59,500 per year in the United States plus potential for a quarterly or annual bonus. Salary will vary based on the level of experience, responsibility, industry, company size, and geographic market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$63,550$86,000
Los Angeles, California$71,700$97,000
Denver, Colorado$59,750$80,850
Washington, DC$72,800$98,450
Miami, Florida$59,450$80,450
Orlando, Florida$54,850$74,200
Tampa, Florida$55,400$74,950
Atlanta, Georgia$58,100$78,650
Chicago, Illinois$66,800$90,400
Boston, Massachusetts$72,250$97,750
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$57,550$77,900
New York City, New York$76,050$102,900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$61,900$88,800
Dallas, Texas$62,300$81,550
Houston, Texas$60,000$81,200
Seattle, Washington$69,500$94,050
National Average$54,300$73,500

Sample interview questions

  • Describe a recent PR campaign that worked well and why.
  • Describe a recent PR campaign that failed and why.
  • What writing experience do you have in public relations?
  • How do you find relevant contacts and sources?
  • What skills are required by a public relations specialist?
  • Which public relations firms do you admire and why?
  • Which media outlets do you follow closely? Why?
  • How do you use social media for public relations?
  • What should a social media press release look like?
  • What are important areas for growth in public relations? 
  • How do you measure the ROI of your campaigns?
  • How would you deal with a public relations crisis?
  • How is public relations different from advertising?
  • Can you name some of the social media optimization or monitoring tools you’ve worked with?
  • Describe a time you had to overcome a challenge with an individual or group when developing and executing a public relations campaign?
  • What was the most difficult situation you have been in when responding to media and public inquiries? How did you handle it?
  • What would you do if a client or manager disagreed with your public relations strategy?

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