Corporate Communications Director Salary

Compensation for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($104K). With some bonuses approaching $35K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $28K, overall incomes of Corporate Communications Directors spread between $62K and $177K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Communications Directors. Female Corporate Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,621 - $154,988

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National Salary Data (?
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$61,621 - $154,988  
$2,000 - $35,289  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $27,500  
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).
$61,600 - $176,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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

For many Corporate Communications Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $118K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Corporate Communications Directors that is 74 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Corporate Communications Director's salary, with Dallas Corporate Communications Directors earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

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 53 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%