Corporate Communications Director Salary

Wages for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Total incomes of Corporate Communications Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $32K from bonuses and close to $26K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $177K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Corporate Communications Directors is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Corporate Communications Directors making up 76 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,574 - $157,225
MEDIAN: $104,258

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$61,574 - $157,225  
$2,004 - $31,785  
Profit Sharing
$2,409 - $25,760  
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).
$61,697 - $176,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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

Survey results suggest that Corporate Communications Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Those educated in Corporate Communications tend to be well versed in Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Corporate Communications Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $101K. Corporate Communications Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $118K. 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 $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 74 percent above the national average. Corporate Communications Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), New York (+21 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 14%

Media / Public Relations
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Corporate Communications
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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.


76 %
24 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%