Communications Manager Salary

Average Communications Managers in the United States make around $61K annually. Total cash compensation to Communications Managers approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $100K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,862 - $95,001
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,292
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$14.08 - $34.26
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MEDIAN: $21.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,862 - $95,001  
   
Bonus
$479.51 - $12,524  
Profit Sharing
$2.93 - $5,795  
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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$39,225 - $99,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,033
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $34.26  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $42.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$479.51 - $12,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.93 - $5,795  
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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$39,225 - $99,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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 transition into a Corporate Communications Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $104K per year. A Communications Director or a Director of Communications is a typical transition from a Communications Manager role.

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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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Most people experienced in Media / Public Relations also know Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing. Most people skilled in Marketing Communications are similarly competent in 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: $61,157

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

For Communications Managers, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Oakland (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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 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.

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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Key Stats for Communications Manager

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries

▲29%

▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$61,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries



Project Management
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Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$61,000


▼3%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
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: 10%
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