Corporate Communications Director Salary
Average pay for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($117K). Total cash compensation for Corporate Communications Directors runs from $70K to $189K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $30K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Corporate Communications Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Women account for the majority of Corporate Communications Directors who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$68,342 - $171,851|
|Bonus||$2,453 - $30,075|
|Profit Sharing||$-0.50 - $19,574|
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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.
Popular Skills for Corporate Communications Director
Corporate Communications Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Microsoft Word, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Corporate Communications also tend to know 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
For Corporate Communications Directors, California means bigger paychecks — those in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles earn more than Corporate Communications Directors in the rest of the country. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Corporate Communications Director's salary, with Dallas Corporate Communications Directors earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average.
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