Communications Manager Salary

For Communications Managers, yearly average wages total $58K annually. In the world of Communications Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $95K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Communications Managers survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most Communications Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,450 - $90,996
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$91K
MEDIAN: $57,985
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50%
90%

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$12.36 - $40.70
(Median)
$12
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$38,450 - $90,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,141  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,787  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,844  
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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$37,763 - $95,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,379
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $40.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.16  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,141  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,787  
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).
)
$37,763 - $95,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 Senior Marketing Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Marketing Managers is $103K annually. The most common next step for a Communications Manager is to become a Communications Director or a Marketing Communications Manager. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $3K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Communications Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Media / Public Relations tend to be well versed in Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Communications Managers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

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What is it like working as a Communications Manager?

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.

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




Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$58,000

Media / Public Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 457 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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