Entry-Level Communications Managers take home an average $51K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Communications Managers bottoms out near $34K and approaches $77K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Communications Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Communications Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,052 - $75,796
$35K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,802
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$11.65 - $29.14
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MEDIAN: $18.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,052 - $75,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,833  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,000  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$34,314 - $76,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 864
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $29.14  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $40.39  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,833  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$34,314 - $76,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,481

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For Entry-Level Communications Managers, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Communications Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Charlotte (+17 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Entry-Level Communications Managers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (21 percent lower) and Louisville (13 percent lower).

Communications Manager Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Communications Manager in Richmond:
"Change occurs every four years when new governor is elected."
Set work/ life balance parameters early otherwise work will be all encompassing.

Communications Manager in Tampa:
"Developing your subordinates is very important."
Understand the expectations of the task that has been assigned and have a meticulous approach to accomplishing it.

Communications Manager in Minneapolis:
"Frequent, High turn over in executive management."
Every situation is different. Understand the facts before you act. Your budget is never going to be enough to do the things that you know must be done to succeed.

Communications Manager in New York:
"Life Is Too Short To Work At Something You Hate."
Enjoying what you do, is the best way to succeed in this role.

Key Stats for Communications Manager

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
067
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
29%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries




Strategic Planning
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Copywriting
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National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
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Event Management
up arrow 5%



Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 10%

Graphic Design
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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