Corporate Communications Director Salary
Generous salaries abound for Corporate Communications Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$67,390 - $171,023|
|Bonus||$2,494 - $31,094|
|Total Pay (||$68,824 - $187,871|
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.Read More...
Many of the communications the director has under his or her responsibility take the form of press releases and responses to media inquiries. The director and his or her staff may also set up media interviews as required, and they are expected to prepare any employees outside the communications department to help them prepare and complete interviews. In some companies, the director of communications or the department he or she supervises may also look over marketing materials, the company website, advertising communications, and other public outreach. It is likely that the director supervises any social media personnel.
The director of corporate communications also oversees internal company communications, including announcements and clarifications sent to employees. He or she may be asked to edit or develop official communications from top-level executives to the rest of company; the director ensures that all company communications between superiors and subordinates reflects the culture of the company and promotes a positive working environment.
A director of corporate communications likely has at least a bachelor's degree in communications or a related field. It is likely this person also has post-graduate education in business management or a related field, along with extensive experience in lower positions in fields such as public relations or corporate social media.
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
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing. Most people skilled in Corporate Communications are similarly competent in Marketing 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. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $74K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $128K in this role. Corporate Communications Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $139K.
Pay Difference by Location
California is a land of opportunity for Corporate Communications Directors. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. One of the biggest compensable factors for Corporate Communications Directors is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average.
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