Corporate Communications Director Salary

Wages for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Corporate Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. 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. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$61,952 - $158,562
MEDIAN: $104,720

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$61,952 - $158,562  
$2,483 - $30,724  
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$62,079 - $176,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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

Survey results show that Corporate Communications Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, 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 Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Most people experienced in Corporate Communications also know 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $71K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $101K. Corporate Communications Directors see a median salary of $120K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $112,814

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For those looking to make money, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 73 percent above the national average. Corporate Communications Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), New York (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Corporate Communications Director Advice

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

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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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
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Media / Public Relations
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Strategic Marketing

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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


77 %
23 %

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: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%