Corporate Communications Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly more than half of Corporate Communications Managers. Pay fluctuates from $54K to $117K per year, but expected earnings average $77K annually. In the world of Corporate Communications Managers, overall income ranges from $54K near the bottom to $117K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Corporate Communications Managers survey respondents are women (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Corporate Communications Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$53,200 - $110,222
MEDIAN: $77,336

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National Salary Data (?
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$53,200 - $110,222  
$1,449 - $14,776  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,893  
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).
$54,230 - $116,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275

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Job Description for Corporate Communications Manager

Corporate communications managers are in charge of managing their company's communications efforts. They are responsible for reviewing and approving company statements, as well as participating in drafting corporate communications. These managers also manage public relations initiatives and develop partnerships with other agencies to further both organizations' objectives. Their main duties include handling media inquiries, overseeing organizational social media efforts, and ensuring the company is up to date with current marketing trends. They also develop content for campaigns, create press releases, and help simplify complex technical topics for consumer audiences.


Corporate Communications Manager Tasks

  • Develop and manage internal and external communication programs across a variety of media platforms.
  • Assist with special projects, including company anniversaries, speeches, special initiatives, etc.
  • Oversee the intranet and internal communications, ensuring relevant content and tools.
  • Collaborate with departments to plan, launch, and assess specific marketing objectives.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Communications Manager

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Corporate Communications Managers do not often transition into Corporate Communications Director roles. The role averages $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Communications Manager

Survey results imply that Corporate Communications Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Employee Relations, Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Project Management and Technical Writing as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Corporate Communications are, more often than not, also skilled in Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Communications Manager

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

Corporate Communications Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $90K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,528

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

With a pay rate for Corporate Communications Managers that is 69 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Mountain View (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). In Washington, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas and Atlanta (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Corporate Communications Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Corporate Communications Manager Salaries

Employee Relations
up arrow 6%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Corporate Communications

Marketing Communications

National Average

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


72 %
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 8%