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Communications Manager Salary

An average Communications Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $58K annually. Total cash compensation to Communications Managers bottoms out near $38K and approaches $94K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Communications Managers survey respondents are women (78 percent). The majority of Communications Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$38,696 - $90,411
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$90K
MEDIAN: $58,082
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$11.98 - $41.67
(Median)
$12
$22
$42
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$38,696 - $90,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,374  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $9,759  
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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$37,976 - $94,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,327
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
$11.98 - $41.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.40  
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 - $12,374  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $9,759  
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).
)
$37,976 - $94,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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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At the upper end, Communications Managers who move into a Senior Marketing Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Marketing Managers is a much higher $103K per year. Career advancement for the typical Communications Manager often leads to becoming a Communications Director or a Marketing Communications Manager; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Marketing Communications are, more often than not, also skilled in Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. Most people who know Media / Public Relations also know 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. Communications Managers bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Communications Managers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+10 percent), New York (+8 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

Communications Manager Reviews

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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Editing
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Marketing Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 489 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
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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