Corporate Communications Director Salary

Corporate Communications Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $119K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Corporate Communications Directors approaches anywhere from $67K on the lower end to $187K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $27K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Corporate Communications Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Corporate Communications Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$64,422 - $168,238
$64K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $118,719
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$0$186K
Salary $64,422 - $168,238
Bonus $2,494 - $30,268
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $27,148
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$66,911 - $186,623
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Microsoft Word, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing and Strategic Planning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Corporate Communications indicates knowledge of 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: $124,854

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Corporate Communications Directors in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Corporate Communications Directors in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are the best-paid American cities for Corporate Communications Directors, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Corporate Communications Directors in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Chicago (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$125,000

▼22%

▼39%

Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries


Microsoft Word
▲3%


National Average
$125,000



Strategic Planning
▼4%

Social Media Marketing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 7%
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