Communications Director Salary (United States)

A Communications Director earns an average salary of $61,635 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Corporate Communications and Editing.
Communications Director Total Pay (?
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$36,278 - $112,454
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MEDIAN: $61,634
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Communications Director Total Pay (?
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$10.14 - $37.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,278 - $112,454  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,927  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,161  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,403 - $118,473  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,161  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,403 - $118,473  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
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Job Description for Communications Director
Communications directors work in a variety of fields, including private corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations and more. They oversee the information and communication that comes from their companies and how the companies' messages are delivered to the public. Communications directors are also responsible for managing their companies' media and public relations. They are their companies' spokespeople and work to develop and implement plans for communicating their companies' main goals. They may hold press conferences, write up press releases, respond to journalists and reporters from TV and print media, and more.
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Communications Director Tasks
  • Manage press conferences and press coverage at all company events.
  • Devise and implement the strategy, messaging and tools needed to build the image of the company.
  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.

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Pay Difference By Location
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San Francisco
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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National Average
$61,000
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Dallas
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Communications Director Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Director?
Communications Director in Austin:
Pros: My work is my passion; I love public relations and campaign work; attending and holding and planning events and press conferences; engaging the media and public and working with constituents. Understanding policy, working with legislation and stakeholders.
Cons: I am underpaid, underappreciated and overworked. My room aka my office is in an unfriendly working environment.
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Experience Affects Communications Director Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Communications Director Salaries

Editing
up arrow 23%
Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%
National Average
$61,000
Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%
Web Content Management
up arrow 2%
Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%
Copywriting
up arrow 15%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 25%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 434 votes.
Gender
Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%
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