Communications Manager Salary

Median pay for Communications Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K per year. Total cash compensation to Communications Managers approaches anywhere from $38K on the lower end to $94K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Communications Managers making up 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,504 - $90,259
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$90K
MEDIAN: $57,818
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$12.15 - $44.03
(Median)
$12
$22
$44
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
$38,504 - $90,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,429  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $9,839  
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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$37,631 - $94,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,267
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
$12.15 - $44.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.71  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,429  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $9,839  
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).
)
$37,631 - $94,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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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Communications Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Marketing Manager. The average Senior Marketing Manager brings home $103K per year. Communications Managers most often move into positions as Communications Directors or Marketing Communications Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Communications Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Social Media Marketing, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. Most people experienced in 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Communications Managers make a median salary of $74K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Communications Managers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Communications Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (6 percent less) and Boston (4 percent less).

Communications Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Communications Manager?

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 500 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: 60% employee benefits None: 11%