Corporate Communications Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $114K per year on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,839 - $169,775
MEDIAN: $114,462

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$67,839 - $169,775  
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$68,924 - $186,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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

  • 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

Survey results suggest that Corporate Communications Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Corporate Communications Directors. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $105K. Corporate Communications Directors bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $138K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $121,039

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Corporate Communications Directors, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+40 percent), Washington (+29 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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

National Average

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Media / Public Relations
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National Average

Strategic Planning
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Marketing Communications
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Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


79 %
21 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 7%