And the survey says?! Base pay is up for Texas PR practitioners but perks have declined according the results of the Texas PR compensation survey conducted by the Public Relations Foundation of Texas.
Results of the survey were announced this week and highlights include: average base compensation has increased by $7,000-10,000 per year since the foundation’s 2000 survey, all major Texas markets reported increases, pay for practitioners has increased most in the Austin market, the lowest rate of growth is in the Dallas market, average statewide base compensation among the 393 PR survey respondents is $73,000-plus in 2005. Geographically, the markets offering the highest pay levels are Dallas and Austin. Houston and Fort Worth markets follow but are about $10,000 per year lower, at $67,000-69,000. Bonuses are fewer and smaller, company-paid insurance is more difficult to obtain and most companies no longer offer company cars. However, vacation and sick days have have remained relatively constant.
The survey was conducted in the fall of 2005 as a follow up to an original survey conducted by PRFT in 2000. Survey results can be considered accurate within a plus-or-minus five percent range. Full survey results can be viewed by PRSA Houston members at the following link http://www.prsahouston.org/en/cms/?291