Washington Journalism and Communications Careers, Salaries, and Associations
Having one of the top media markets in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, there are high salaries across the board for many media positions in the state of Washington. Here’s a sampling of annual mean salary estimates for advertising and journalism within the communications sector from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Reporters and correspondents: $53,980
- Editors: $73,760
- Broadcast news analysts: $122,060
- Advertising sales agents: $65,660
- Advertising and promotional managers: $148,580 (third-highest state in US)
The state of Washington is one of the top states for public relations opportunities in the Western half of the country with over 6,100 employed. Around two-thirds of this employment is based in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, and a rate of 2.1 per 1,000 workers are in the PR field. Colorado has a similar estimate of PR specialists in their workforce and they are the top two states in the country’s western portion with the exception of California.
When compared to the rest of the region, Washington has the overall best salary figures with an annual mean wage of $76,950. It ranks fifth overall in the country, only being beaten by some of the more prominent media locations such as Washington DC, New York, and Virginia.
Public Relations Society of America – Puget Sound Chapter
The Public Relations Society of America has a Puget Sound Chapter that includes the Seattle metropolitan area and was established back in 1957. In addition to having an area where members can look at job opportunities, there are events and other programs that help build professional skill sets in the marketing sector and provide networking potential for incoming or experienced workers.
The Puget Sound Chapter has implemented diversity and inclusion initiatives. They survey what members would like to see and bring in various guest speakers at events to spread awareness of disability limitations and cultural differences.