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.

$68,342 - $171,851
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MEDIAN: $117,344
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$68,342 - $171,851  
   
Bonus
$2,453 - $30,075  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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$69,507 - $188,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 221

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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.

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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.

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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

National Average: $122,553

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Corporate Communications Director

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

▲17%

▲4%

National Average
$123,000

▼20%

▼38%

Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries


Microsoft Word
▲4%



National Average
$123,000


Strategic Planning
▼2%

Social Media Marketing
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 8%