Communications Managers in the United States can expect wages of $61K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Communications Managers spread between $39K and $99K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Communications Managers survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,562 - $94,518
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,021
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$13.18 - $33.75
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MEDIAN: $20.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,562 - $94,518  
   
Bonus
$296.61 - $13,165  
Profit Sharing
$2.64 - $5,918  
Commission
$750  
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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$38,694 - $99,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,000
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $33.75  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $42.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$296.61 - $13,165  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$2.64 - $5,918  
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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$38,694 - $99,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Corporate Communications Director, where median compensation is $103K annually. Career advancement for the typical Communications Manager often leads to becoming a Communications Director or a Director of Communications; median salaries in these positions are $1K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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American Red Cross offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $60K.

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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Media / Public Relations tend to be well versed in Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. For Communications Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. 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 $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,005

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

Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Communications Managers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Communications Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Oakland (+11 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Communications Managers in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Seattle (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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 284 votes.
034
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 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
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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