Corporate Communications Director Salary

Corporate Communications Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Corporate Communications Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $180K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $38K and $28K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Corporate Communications Directors making up 76 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$61,680 - $157,021
MEDIAN: $104,738

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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.
$61,680 - $157,021  
$2,000 - $37,642  
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).
$61,650 - $180,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Most people who know Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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

Corporate Communications Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $94K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $118K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 76 percent above the national average. Corporate Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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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 54 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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 11%