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 ($105K). Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Corporate Communications Directors is high. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Female Corporate Communications Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$61,952 - $158,562
MEDIAN: $104,720

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$61,952 - $158,562  
$2,483 - $30,724  
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$62,079 - $176,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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 imply that Corporate Communications Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Marketing Communications. Those familiar with Corporate Communications also tend to know Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Director

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

For many Corporate Communications Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $101K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Corporate Communications Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $120K. Corporate Communications Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $112,814

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For Corporate Communications Directors, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Communications Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), New York (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average.

Corporate Communications Director Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Corporate Communications Director in Rochester:
"Experience Counts."
Ask a lot of questions and listen. Translate issues to real life scenarios you have experienced and respect that communications is not one size fits all.

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
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Media / Public Relations
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Strategic Marketing

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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


77 %
23 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%