While reviewing Muck Rack’s new State of PR and Journalism Salaries report, I had one overarching thought:
Nobody chooses PR as a living for the money.
The study reports the median PR salary is $85,000 ($107K at brands, where pros tend to be more senior, and $80K at agencies). Fewer than 3 percent of PR pros report salaries above $250K.
In college, my focus was on earning enough to live. Didn’t have much of a vision beyond that. But now I’m more aware of what can happen after you’re in the workforce for a decade or two:
The takeaway: If you’re reading this and realize that you are in PR for the money, you’ll be happier if you pivot to one of the paths bulleted above. A different study, last updated in 2019, regularly ranked PR in the top ten most stressful occupations.
And if you’re not in it for the money, why ARE you still in PR?
Give that question some serious thought, and then find ways to double down on your reasons. Some examples:
No judgement from me about what you decide after completing this thought exercise. But don’t just default to the daily grind. You owe it to yourself – and your employer – to frequently re-center on the “why” that drives you to be your best.
The salary survey has lots more interesting stuff – including journalist salaries, which I hadn’t seen before. Download the free 21-slide deck here.
Thoughts on using ChatGPT to help with this piece
I initially wrote this myself, with no AI assistance. My second draft (after my first unassisted edit) was 567 words, and I like to keep these under 500 words. I pasted it into ChatGPT and asked it to suggest 10 edits to cut the piece by 20 percent. It did, but cutting them would have made it unintelligible. So I corrected it with this prompt:
Almost all of those edits remove significant meaning. Try again, and suggest 10 specific ways to rewrite parts of the piece so they are shorter but mean the same thing.
This time the edits were “change this to this.” I implemented only four of them, and that brought the piece down to 468 words. I then pasted that version back in and asked the bot to copy edit the piece. It found one typo and suggested about five other edits to clarify the writing. I applied one, bringing the final word count (not including this P.S.) to 473 😊.
This article was originally published on August 2, 2023
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