Entry-Level Communications Manager Salary (United States)

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Entry-Level Communications Managers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $48,050 annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $9,616 for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $33,778 and hits $71,389 on the high end. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Entry-Level Communications Managers make up most of the field at 79 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Entry-Level Communications Manager Salary (?
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$34,262 - $70,143
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MEDIAN: $47,921
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Entry-Level Communications Manager Salary (?
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$10.62 - $24.99
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,262 - $70,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,616  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$33,778 - $71,389  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 948
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.62 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$8.50 - $38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,616  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,106  
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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$33,778 - $71,389  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Pay Difference By Location

Charlotte
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Seattle
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$48,000
Denver
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Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Communications Managers, 26 percent above the national average. Dallas, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Communications Managers earning around 23 percent, 13 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent more than average. With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Louisville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around -8 percent in Boston and -6 percent in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Communications Manager Salaries

Marketing Management
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Web Content Management
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Editing
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Media / Public Relations
0%
National Average
$48,000
Project Management
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HTML
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Copywriting
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Excel
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Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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