Communications Manager Salary

The average Communications Manager in the United States earns approximately $58K annually. Overall cash earnings for Communications Managers stretch from $38K on the lower end to $95K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Communications Managers is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Managers making up 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$38,545 - $91,232

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$12.40 - $40.37

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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,545 - $91,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,175  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $9,658  
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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$37,894 - $95,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $40.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.62  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,175  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $9,658  
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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$37,894 - $95,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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 $102K per year. Communications Managers most often move into positions as Communications Directors or Marketing Communications Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K 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 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Marketing Communications also 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.


For many Communications Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Communications Managers bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Communications Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Communications Managers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). In Austin, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Boston (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$58,000


Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 451 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: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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