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Corporate Communications Director Salary

Corporate Communications Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $107K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Corporate Communications Directors — including $34K in bonuses and $26K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $173K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$62,382 - $153,070
MEDIAN: $100,903

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$62,382 - $153,070  
$2,081 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$2,517 - $25,532  
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).
$62,455 - $172,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. It is often found that people who know Marketing Communications are also skilled in Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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

For Corporate Communications Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $77K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $92K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $114K. Corporate Communications Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $115K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Corporate Communications Directors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Corporate Communications Directors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 4%

Strategic Marketing

National Average

Microsoft Word
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.


69 %
31 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%