Corporate Communications Director Salary

Corporate Communications Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually in the United States. Final cash compensation to Corporate Communications Directors varies from around $62K to approximately $180K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $37K and $26K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Corporate Communications Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Female Corporate Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent.

$61,799 - $156,867
MEDIAN: $105,122

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$61,799 - $156,867  
$2,013 - $37,248  
Profit Sharing
$2,508 - $25,760  
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).
$61,752 - $179,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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Job Description for Corporate Communications Director

The corporate communications director oversees all official communications for their organization, including press releases, emails, responses to media inquiries, and through other formats. The director — a top-level manager — may supervise middle managers and work with a communications staff that ensures that all communications convey a consistent message that matches the corporate philosophy and branding.


Corporate Communications Director Tasks

  • Establish and enforce communications policies and determine official formatting for documents.
  • Collaborate with different departments to determine communications needs and develop plans to address those needs.
  • Coordinate and oversee communications with the public and press for a company, organization, or institution.
  • Analyze communications strategies and policies to evaluate their effectiveness.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Communications Director

Corporate Communications Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Most people familiar with Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Corporate Communications Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $118K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $120K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 75 percent above the national average. Corporate Communications Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

Media / Public Relations
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Corporate Communications
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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.


75 %
25 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 11%