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Communications Manager Salary

Communications Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. In the world of Communications Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $38K and $93K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Communications Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$38,297 - $89,164
(Median)
38K
58K
73K
89K
MEDIAN: $57,631
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$13.90 - $44.98
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,297 - $89,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,678  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,839  
Commission
$600 - $9,500  
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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$37,665 - $92,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $44.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,678  
   
Commission
$600 - $9,500  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,839  
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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$37,665 - $92,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Senior Marketing Manager, where median pay is $103K annually. Communications Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Communications Directors or Marketing Communications Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Communications Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Media / Public Relations also know Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing. It is often found that people who know Marketing Communications are also skilled in Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Communications Manager

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Communications Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For Communications Managers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Communications Managers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Atlanta and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

Communications Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Manager?
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.
Communications Manager in Edmonds:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Extremely flexible yet challenging while working in a company with a family atmosphere. Completely able to set and maintain own schedule with virtually unlimited vacation.
Cons: Summers are extremely busy with the vast majority of the work for the year being completed over 2 months.

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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$58,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 532 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%