PR Salaries Decreased 10-11% In 2009

It’s a rough time to be a public relations pro: salaries decreased 10.6% at PR firms last year and 11.3% at in-house communications jobs, according to the latest Official PR Salary & Bonus Report
2010 Edition
, out from recruiting firm Spring Associates.

2009’s losses offset 2008’s gains but don’t seem to be continuing a trend, as salaries rose in 2008 by a respectable 2.7 percent for corporate communications and 2.9 for agencies.

If you live outside New York, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco your salary probably decreased more than PR pros working in these eight major cities.

But it’s not execs padding their pockets, necessarily: hourly billing rates fell across the board.

Finally, who’s hiring? Healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer and high tech/social media specialties, according to the report. The bad news: “In general, they are looking for people with more than the usual amount of experience at lower than previous pay levels.”