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Head of Public Relations Average Salary in France 2021

How much money does a Head of Public Relations make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
78,100 EUR
( 6,510 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Head of Public Relations in France typically earns around 78,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 35,900 EUR (lowest) to 124,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Head of Public Relations salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Head of Public Relations Salary Distribution in France

Median and salary distribution yearly France Head of Public Relations
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Head of Public Relations salaries in France range from 35,900 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 124,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 84,300 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Head of Public Relations(s) are earning less than 84,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 84,300 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Head of Public Relations(s) are earning less than 54,100 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 54,100 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Head of Public Relations(s) are earning less than 113,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 113,000 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Head of Public Relations Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Head of Public Relations salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Head of Public Relations with less than two years of experience makes approximately 40,800 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 54,400 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 80,500 EUR per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Head of Public Relations(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 98,100 EUR per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 107,000 EUR per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 116,000 EUR per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Head of Public Relations average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
40,800 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
54,400 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
80,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
98,100 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
107,000 EUR
20+ Years+8%
116,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Head of Public Relations Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Head of Public Relations(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Head of Public Relations salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Head of Public Relations is 50,000 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 58,900 EUR per year, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 85,300 EUR per year, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 112,000 EUR per year, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Head of Public Relations average salary difference by education level in France

High School
50,000 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
58,900 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
85,300 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
112,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 20,600 Euro(s) to 61,900 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Head of Public Relations Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Head of Public Relations employees in France earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

80,500 EUR
75,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Head of Public Relations Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Head of Public Relations(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Head of Public Relations

Head of Public Relations(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Head of Public Relations Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Head of Public Relations
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A Head of Public Relations is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

13% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 87% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Head of Public Relations Average Hourly Wage in France

38 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 38 EUR. This means that the average Head of Public Relations in France earns approximately 38 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Head of Public Relations VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Head of Public Relations is 57% more than that of Public Relations. Also, Public Relations salaries are 1% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Communications Associate24,700 EUR-68%
Communications Specialist28,200 EUR-64%
Director of Communications70,100 EUR-10%
Government Relations Officer44,200 EUR-43%
Head of Public Relations78,100 EUR+0%
Investor Relations Officer51,600 EUR-34%
Media Relations Specialist61,400 EUR-21%
Meetings Coordinator21,600 EUR-72%
Public Relations Manager70,300 EUR-10%
Public Relations Officer27,800 EUR-64%
Public Relations Practitioner35,300 EUR-55%
Public Relations Specialist30,800 EUR-61%
Relationship Management Officer24,400 EUR-69%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux73,900 EUR
Lille76,000 EUR
Lyon89,500 EUR
Marseille87,700 EUR
Montpellier79,700 EUR
Nantes78,500 EUR
Nice85,100 EUR
Paris90,300 EUR
Strasbourg77,700 EUR
Toulouse84,300 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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