Communications Manager Salary

Communications Managers in the United States take home an average $59K annually. Cash earnings for Communications Managers — including $12K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $97K depending on individual performance. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Managers making up 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,808 - $92,054
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,314
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$12.05 - $40.52
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$12
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,808 - $92,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,263  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $9,123  
Commission
$1,800  
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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$38,089 - $96,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,718
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $40.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.75  
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
$0.00 - $12,263  
   
Commission
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $9,123  
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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$38,089 - $96,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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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For Communications Managers, progressing to a Senior Marketing Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Marketing Manager can earn $102K annually. Communications Managers typically move into roles as Communications Directors or Directors of Communications, and those positions pay $2K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. Most people familiar with 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.


Communications Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. For Communications Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $76K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,375

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

For Communications Managers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Denver (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Communications Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Manager?

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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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries




Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$59,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 440 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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