Corporate Communications Director Salary
Corporate Communications Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $119K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Corporate Communications Directors approaches anywhere from $67K on the lower end to $187K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $27K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Corporate Communications Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Corporate Communications Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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|Profit Sharing||$-0.50 - $27,148|
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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.Read More...
Many of the communications the director has under his or her responsibility take the form of press releases and responses to media inquiries. The director and his or her staff may also set up media interviews as required, and they are expected to prepare any employees outside the communications department to help them prepare and complete interviews. In some companies, the director of communications or the department he or she supervises may also look over marketing materials, the company website, advertising communications, and other public outreach. It is likely that the director supervises any social media personnel.
The director of corporate communications also oversees internal company communications, including announcements and clarifications sent to employees. He or she may be asked to edit or develop official communications from top-level executives to the rest of company; the director ensures that all company communications between superiors and subordinates reflects the culture of the company and promotes a positive working environment.
A director of corporate communications likely has at least a bachelor's degree in communications or a related field. It is likely this person also has post-graduate education in business management or a related field, along with extensive experience in lower positions in fields such as public relations or corporate social media.
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 Media / Public Relations, Microsoft Word, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing and Strategic Planning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Corporate Communications indicates knowledge of Marketing Communications.
Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director
Pay by Experience for a Corporate Communications Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Communications Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Communications Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 53 salaries. An experienced Corporate Communications Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 135 salaries. A Corporate Communications Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 82 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Corporate Communications Directors in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are the best-paid American cities for Corporate Communications Directors, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Chicago (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).
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