Top Paying Cities for PR Professionals

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Summer’s finally here! For some of us, that means it’s time to look for a temporary summer job, while for recent graduates it’s time to start a new chapter in their lives: the first job out of college. No matter your summer career plans, if you’re already thinking about packing your bags and hitting the road, why not do some researching too? Check out the top ten paying cities for PR jobs according to the latest reports from the U.S Bureau of Labor. One of them might be on your list of travel destinations!

  1. Washington, D.C. – There are more available PR jobs here than the national average. The average salary is also more than $30,000 than the national average PR salary. D.C was also named one of the top ten social media meccas. Who knows, you could be voting for your next boss this election.
  2. Toronto – One to one of the offices of the leading integrated strategic communications and public affair firms worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard, Toronto has plenty of space for up and coming PR professionals. Perfect for recent graduates!
  3. Denver – Not only does Denver have a competitive market because of its high concentration of jobs (three times the national average), it also has the highest concentration of PR practitioners actually working in the field. Skiing, anyone?
  4. Austin – Great salary, plenty of jobs dealing with social media and an awesome place to live. While it was listed by Forbes as one of the best job markets for finding work, it’s also near the #1 city to live in. Bonus!
  5. Boston – Home to “2011 #1 Place to Work” agency, Allen & Gerrisen. Don’t want a job right away, their internship program has been recognized as a “magnet for millennial talent.”
  6. London – Looking for international PR, try this beautiful city. Home to some of the world’s top agencies including Oligvy, Weber Shandwick, Edelman, Porter Novelli and Burson-Marsteller. PRWeek says the PR field is continuously growing at a rapid rate and there are no signs of it stopping.
  7. New York City – Big agencies, great city life, plenty of job opportunities, top salaries, The Big Apple is an obvious choice. Just keep an eye out for the small agency Mr. Youth. Also voted one of the best places to work.
  8. San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles – California hosts several of the “100 Best Companies” agencies, “2010 Digital PR Team of the Year,” “Best Blog,” and “Top Place to Work” Kaiser Permanente. Plus there’s plenty of sunshine!
  9. Chicago – Most of the available jobs you’ll find are in the political, health care and financial fields. A city full of new opportunities and growing agencies.
  10. Sofia (Bulgaria) – Grab your passport and head to M3 Communications Group. Named “PR Agency of the Year” and “2011 PR Agency in Europe,” this firm is perfect for someone looking to use their skills around the world.

Not a bad list of cities to pick from for potential jobs. Of course, there are factors other than money that go into picking a job, but just in case you were curious, this list is where you’ll find the money.

-Cherese Colston



2 responses to “Top Paying Cities for PR Professionals

  1. I wouldn’t have thought Austin and Denver would be in the top five over the California cities and just by paying attention to the news, I wasn’t surprised to see D.C. at the top of the list. It’s perfect timing for Shonda Rhimes’ new show, Scandal, which focuses on PR and crisis management for the president in D.C. Rhimes actually asked former White House press aide, Judy Smith, to help her write the main character. I’ve watched Scandal and I think it’s pretty interesting to see the profession played out through Rhimes’ writing.

  2. Toronto is by far my favorite city I’ve ever been to! I may have to check out jobs there when I graduate! I’m surprise LA isn’t in the top 3, I would have guessed it would be there for sure!

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