Look at my wad….
As much as we love technology PR, the main reason for working is to get paid. After all, Cath Kidston lampshades don’t buy themselves.
Now, of course, everyone is eager to make sure they are paid the going rate. Indeed some particularly unappealing types like to ensure they get paid more than they are actually worth.
The PR Weak Salary Survey has always provided the green-eyed with a salary benchmark. Worthy as it is, it has always been a bit generic as it doesn’t allow for the pay differentials within specific sectors of PR.
For the record, technology PR is generally regarded as the third best paid sector – behind financial and healthcare (especially ethical), but above corporate and B2B (including public affairs, CSR etc). Consumer and charity PR are the least well paid (the differential being made up by seeing the occasional D-list celebrity).
So, without much fanfare at all, welcome to the launch of the TWL Tech PR Salary Survey.
Saving the fuss and bother of questionnaires, TWL asked two reputable recruitment companies (yes, there are some) for their view of technology PR salary rates. Many thanks to Indigo Red (who paid for TWL’s drinks bash last year) and PRJS. Both companies do a lot of tech PR recruitment, so know what they are talking about. We averaged the two sets of figures and, behold, have created what is probably the most accurate UK tech PR salary index.
The salary bands are quite wide as the same job titles span from the smallest to the largest PR companies. Generally the larger agencies demand more experience and pay a higher salary, but there are always exceptions (particularly if a small agency is highly specialised). The salaries are based on London wages, so if you live in the North, knock about 68% off and talk about your short commute.
That’s enough caveats, check your worth and demand a meeting with your line manager if you think you might be able to wangle an extra couple of grand.
Junior account executive
Experience: Little to none
Most likely to: Create coverage boards and reports
Experience: 6-18 months
Most likely to: Do ring rounds
Senior account executive
Experience: 18 months-2.5 years
Most likely to: Moan a lot
Experience: 2-4.5 years
Most likely to: Struggle to delegate
Senior account manager
Experience: 4-5 years
Most likely to: Learn how to use PowerPoint
Experience: 4.5-7 years
Most likely to: Say ‘leverage’
Experience: 7-10 years
Most likely to: Not know any journalists
Board director (generic)
Experience: 10+ years
Most likely to: Be a complete cock
Board director (top 10 agency)
Experience: 10+ years
Most likely to: Work from home
Experience: 13+ years
Most likely to: Be loved or hated
And finally, remember that any tech journos reading this now know what you’re paid….