Corporate Communications Director Salary

Compensation for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). In the world of Corporate Communications Directors, overall income ranges from $62K near the bottom to $175K at the top; this can include more than $38K from bonuses and more than $26K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Corporate Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Most Corporate Communications Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,566 - $153,105
MEDIAN: $102,806

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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.
$61,566 - $153,105  
$2,043 - $37,788  
Profit Sharing
$2,508 - $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).
$61,510 - $174,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293

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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 pay less than market rate include 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.

Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $75K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $118K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Corporate Communications Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Communications Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 20 percent below 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 67 votes.


71 %
29 %

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: 72% employee benefits None: 10%