Communications Manager Salary

Communications Managers in the United States can expect wages of $58K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Communications Managers spread between $38K and $95K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. For the most part, Communications Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,435 - $91,128
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$91K
MEDIAN: $58,186
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$12.38 - $40.44
(Median)
$12
$22
$40
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
$38,435 - $91,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,154  
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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$37,705 - $95,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,391
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
$12.38 - $40.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.97  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,154  
   
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).
)
$37,705 - $95,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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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As Communications Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Marketing Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Marketing Managers earn $103K on average 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 results imply that Communications Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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, Microsoft Excel, and Social Media Marketing. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Communications Managers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 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. Employers in Atlanta and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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 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
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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