Communications Manager Salary

The average Communications Manager in the United States earns approximately $62K annually. Final cash compensation to Communications Managers varies from around $40K to approximately $99K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $7K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Communications Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,601 - $94,461
$41K
$62K
$94K
MEDIAN: $61,833
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50%
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$13.71 - $35.66
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $21.37
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$0$99K
Salary $40,601 - $94,461
Bonus $400.00 - $12,784
Profit Sharing $3.00 - $6,500
Commission $1,750
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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$39,872 - $99,235
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,013
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $13.71 - $35.66
Overtime $19.02 - $42.18
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $400.00 - $12,784
Commission $1,750
Profit Sharing $3.00 - $6,500
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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$39,872 - $99,235
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 138

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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

  • Manage marketing communication initiatives; internal and external communications and special events promotions.
  • Monitor advertising trends and budgets.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Communications Manager


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Communications Managers who go on to become Corporate Communications Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Corporate Communications Directors is $104K annually. A Communications Manager often moves on to become a Communications Director or a Director of Communications.

Communications Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Communications Manager


Those at American Red Cross can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K.

Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Communications Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Social Media Marketing. Skill sets containing Media / Public Relations also tend to include Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing. Most people experienced in Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Communications Manager

Pay by Experience for a Communications Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Communications Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 890 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Communications Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 921 salaries. An experienced Communications Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 612 salaries. A Communications Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 153 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,624

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

For Communications Managers, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Oakland (+10 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

Communications Manager Reviews

Q: 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 Oxford:
"Looking to see about raise."
Pros: Flexible.
Cons: Little pay raises (800 a year?!)

Communications Manager in San Francisco:
Pros: Work with diverse, passionate and smart co workers.
Cons: Sometimes feel like a one man team.

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 New York:
"Love the office but high stress."
Pros: Office culture, interest in the work.
Cons: High stress, long hours.

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

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Key Stats for Communications Manager

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 344 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries

▲28%

▲23%

▲4%

National Average
$62,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries



National Average
$62,000

Project Management
▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%


▼3%

▼4%









Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 344 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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