Communications Director Salary

A Communications Director earns an average salary of $65,504 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Corporate Communications is associated with high pay for this job.

$38,510 - $123,649
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$66K
$120K
MEDIAN: $65,504
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$10.32 - $48.43
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$19
$48
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,510 - $123,649  
   
Bonus
$-0.46 - $20,574  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $15,050  
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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$35,996 - $128,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 894
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $48.43  
   
Overtime
$20.49 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.46 - $20,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $15,050  
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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$35,996 - $128,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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

  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Communications Director

Pay by Experience for a Communications Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Communications Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 294 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Communications Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 356 salaries. An experienced Communications Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 404 salaries. A Communications Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 163 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,225

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Communications Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Communications Director

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Communications Director Salaries

▲41%

▲24%

National Average
$64,000

▼5%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Communications Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 15%
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