Generous salaries abound for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$67,390 - $171,023
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MEDIAN: $115,832
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$2,494 - $31,094  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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$68,824 - $187,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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.

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Corporate Communications Director Tasks

  • Coordinate and oversee communications with the public and press for a company, organization, or institution.
  • Analyze communications strategies and policies to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Communications Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing. Most people skilled in Corporate Communications are similarly competent in Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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


Corporate Communications Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $74K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $128K in this role. Corporate Communications Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $121,742

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California is a land of opportunity for Corporate Communications Directors. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. One of the biggest compensable factors for Corporate Communications Directors is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average.

Corporate Communications Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Corporate Communications Director?

Corporate Communications Director in Rochester:
"Experience Counts."
Ask a lot of questions and listen. Translate issues to real life scenarios you have experienced and respect that communications is not one size fits all.

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Key Stats for Corporate Communications Director

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries



National Average
$122,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 39%

Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries


Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%


Strategic Marketing
0%

National Average
$122,000


Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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