There are 4.6 PR pros for every reporter in the U.S., according to the latest Dept. of Labor figures for 2013, up from a three-to-one ratio in 2008.
There were 43,630 reporters and correspondents tallied in 2013 (down 4.3% over 2012) with a mean wage of $44,360, a salary of about 30% less than the PR side.
Robert McChesney and John Nichols, in "The Death and Life of American Journalism," found a PR to reporter ratio of about three-to-one in 2008. The duo reported the number of PR workers per 100,000 people hit 90 in 2008, doubling from 45 in 1980, while journalists declined to only 25 per 100,000 in 2008.