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Public Relations Schools

As a professor or instructor of public relations classes at one of the 325 accredited public relations schools in the country, you play a significant role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the public relations academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes public relations training at the following levels:

  • Public Relations Certificate
  • Associates degree in Public Relations
  • Bachelors degree in Public Relations
  • Masters degree in Public Relations
  • PhD degree in Public Relations


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Public relations professionals

44,010 47,210 51,730 53,270 53,460
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 53,460 public relations professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 21%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Public relations professionals

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

Public relations professionals in the US earned a median salary of $91,810 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for public relations professionals in the US was 53% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Public Relations

$82,180 $86,470 $89,430 $89,690 $91,810
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 12% growth in public relations professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Public Relations Student enrollment growth by degree

642 615 575 672 409
8,776 9,007 9,712 10,231 9,889
1 8 10 10 16
582 561 613 640 711
39 64 66 113 190
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Public Relations
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Public Relations
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Public Relations
  • Grey: Certificate in Public Relations

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for public relations professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 10,040 students graduated from public relations degree programs in the US. In 2010, 11,215 students graduated from public relations schools.

This represents a 12% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from public relations courses is less than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Public Relations Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering public relations programs has decreased. There were 281 public relations schools across the country in 2006. And there were 325 schools in 2010.

Public Relations Faculty Salaries

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  1. Ohio25 Schools
  2. California25 Schools
  3. Texas21 Schools
  4. Michigan18 Schools
  5. New York18 Schools
  6. Florida16 Schools
  7. Pennsylvania15 Schools
  8. Minnesota14 Schools
  9. Illinois13 Schools
  10. Iowa13 Schools
  11. Missouri12 Schools
  12. Tennessee10 Schools
  13. Wisconsin10 Schools
  14. Massachusetts8 Schools
  15. Indiana8 Schools
  16. Arizona7 Schools
  17. Oklahoma7 Schools
  18. Georgia7 Schools
  19. Kentucky6 Schools
  20. New Jersey5 Schools
  21. Arkansas4 Schools
  22. Mississippi4 Schools
  23. South Carolina4 Schools
  24. Nebraska4 Schools
  25. Virginia4 Schools
  26. Washington State4 Schools
  27. North Carolina3 Schools
  28. Alabama3 Schools
  29. Maryland3 Schools
  30. Connecticut3 Schools
  31. Washington DC3 Schools
  32. Utah3 Schools
  33. North Dakota2 Schools
  34. Maine2 Schools
  35. Colorado2 Schools
  36. Oregon2 Schools
  37. Rhode Island2 Schools
  38. Montana2 Schools
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  48. New Mexico1 Schools

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