PRWeek kicks off 2005 survey of PR practitioners' pay

NEW YORK: PRWeek is now fielding the 2005 Salary Survey, which annually provides valuable data on remuneration levels for the entire industry.

NEW YORK: PRWeek is now fielding the 2005 Salary Survey, which annually provides valuable data on remuneration levels for the entire industry.

Last year's salary survey revealed that the average PR paycheck took its biggest year-on-year drop since PRWeek began fielding the study in 2001.

Overall, average base salaries dropped 6.1% to $63,590. The midlevel, pros with 8 to 12 years' experience, was the only level that saw salary increases during that time. The survey polled 2,546 PR pros across levels.

Industry experts said the trend reflected the continuing impact of the recession.

Levels of satisfaction with salary levels varied between those working in-house and agency employees. Corporate PR professionals were far more likely to be happy with their salaries by a margin of 80% to 66% on the agency side.

To take this year's survey and receive the full salary report, including unpublished data, log on to www.prweek.com and click on the button. The deadline to take the survey is Wednesday, January 26.

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