Average Communications Managers in the United States make around $61K annually. Cash earnings for Communications Managers — including $13K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $99K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. For the most part, Communications Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent.

$39,212 - $94,165
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MEDIAN: $60,518
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$12.72 - $34.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,212 - $94,165  
   
Bonus
$291.04 - $13,298  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,946  
Commission
$750  
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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$38,247 - $98,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $34.85  
   
Overtime
$11.79 - $42.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$291.04 - $13,298  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,946  
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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$38,247 - $98,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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Job Description for Communications Manager

Communications managers facilitate internal and external cooperation in their companies. They may liaison with other companies, company clientele, and many departments within the organization. They work in the offices of corporations, non-profits, and small businesses to maintain their company's image.

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Communications Manager Tasks

  • Act as a liaison between outside vendors and management.
  • Guide and support management in marketing planning and public relation strategies to ensure alignment with objectives.
  • Manage marketing communication initiatives; internal and external communications and special events promotions.
  • Monitor advertising trends and budgets.

Common Career Paths for Communications Manager


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Communications Managers who go on to become Employee Communications Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Employee Communications Directors is $119K annually. Communications Managers typically move into roles as Communications Directors or Directors of Communications, and those positions pay $2K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Communications Manager


For Communications Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp; in fact, median earnings sit around $68K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Communications Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Graphic Design. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. Those familiar with Media / Public Relations tend to be well versed in Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Communications Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Communications Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Communications Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Communications Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,457

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Communications Managers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers in Indianapolis and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Communications Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Manager?

Communications Manager in St. Paul:
"ISAIAH Communications Manager roll."
Pros: Independent work, flexible hours, learning environment, high-performance culture.
Cons: Lack of alignment and vision to boost internal organizational growth for staff.

Communications Manager in Boston:
"Passion is Key."
Pros: Enthusiastic co-workers, doing a job that makes a difference, learning new skills, engaging with many different people internally and externally. Wide, diverse job responsibilities.
Cons: Often feel like I am a one-man team.

Communications Manager in Annapolis:
"A lot of work for little pay."
Pros: Managing advertising, photography, graphic design, website promotion, print production, project management, waterfront, boats.
Cons: My overbearing and very controlling supervisor, fast paced environment, event management, not treated equally and professionally.

Communications Manager in St. Louis:
"Leading Efforts to Raise Capital for Community Hospital."
Pros: Culture, senior leadership, excellent benefits.
Cons: Current teammates.

Communications Manager in New York:
Pros: I travel a lot and I meet a ton of interesting people along the way. I get to engage with many inspiring and intelligent colleagues every day and I think the organization I work for does good in the world.
Cons: The workload can be overwhelming and the turnover has been frequent so I have taken on a lot more in the past year. I am doing new things constantly and I could use more support, guidance, and compensation.

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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries


Strategic Planning
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Project Management
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$60,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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