Entry-Level Communications Directors take home approximately $45K annually on average. Some workers in this field — around one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Most Entry-Level Communications Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Entry-Level Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,052 - $72,162
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$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,064
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$10.03 - $24.94
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MEDIAN: $17.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,052 - $72,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,861  
Profit Sharing
$2,710  
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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$30,311 - $72,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,710  
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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$30,311 - $72,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,460

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Communications Directors that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+31 percent), New York (+17 percent), Sacramento (+7 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

Communications Director Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Communications Director in Los Angeles:
"Keep The Vision Clear."
At times we all have to do things that might seem absurd or not apart of your job description, just remember to remain flexible and never expect to show up at work with the mindset that you're not going to to have to do any. Know why you're doing it and what you're going for. Keep that vision clear and those hard days will make sense.

Key Stats for Communications Director

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
24%
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Skills That Affect Communications Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 16%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 5%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$44,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 5%

Advertising
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Web Marketing
up arrow 7%

Graphic Design
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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