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Corporate Communications Director Salary

Corporate Communications Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $104K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $38K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Corporate Communications Directors can bottom out near $61K or peak near $177K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Corporate Communications Directors making up 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$61,451 - $155,185
MEDIAN: $103,862

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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.
$61,451 - $155,185  
$1,987 - $38,096  
Profit Sharing
$2,517 - $25,532  
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).
$61,453 - $177,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287

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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

Survey results suggest that Corporate Communications Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, 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. Most people skilled in Marketing Communications are similarly competent in Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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

Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $73K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $93K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $119K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $118K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

For Corporate Communications Directors, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.


73 %
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%