Entry-Level Communications Manager Salary

Entry-Level Communications Managers take home approximately $49K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Communications Managers approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $74K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Communications Managers making up 76 percent. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Communications Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,705 - $72,711
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,231
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$10.15 - $29.46
(Median)
$10
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,705 - $72,711  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,724  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,333  
Commission
$1,800  
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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$33,935 - $73,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,200
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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $29.46  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $35.23  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,724  
   
Commission
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,333  
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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$33,935 - $73,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,431

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Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Entry-Level Communications Managers in Charlotte receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 15 percent below the national average. Louisville and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Communications Manager Advice

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

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 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
0%

Copywriting
0%

National Average
$49,000

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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