Earnings for Entry-Level Communications Managers come in at around $50K annually on average. Total incomes of Entry-Level Communications Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $76K. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Communications Managers survey respondents are women (75 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,788 - $75,200
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,158
10%
50%
90%

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$11.15 - $29.23
(Median)
$11
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,788 - $75,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,937  
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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$33,817 - $76,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 842
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $29.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.33  
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 - $9,937  
   
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).
)
$33,817 - $76,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,820

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Communications Managers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Employers in Louisville and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Communications Manager Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Communications Manager Salaries




Strategic Planning
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$50,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%



Adobe InDesign
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Graphic Design
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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