Communications Director Salary (United States)

A Communications Director earns an average salary of $62,536 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 Salary (?
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$37,015 - $110,894
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MEDIAN: $62,535
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Communications Director Salary (?
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$11.94 - $35.72
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,015 - $110,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,697  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,137  
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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$36,091 - $117,039  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $35.72  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,697  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,137  
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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$36,091 - $117,039  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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

Boston
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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Madison
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Raleigh
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$62,000
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Indianapolis
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Austin
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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
$62,000

Skills That Affect Communications Director Salaries

Editing
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Media / Public Relations
0%
National Average
$62,000
Marketing Communications
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Project Management
up arrow 19%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 27%

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Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%
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