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Director of Communications Salary

With over one-half of Directors of Communications in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $130K per year and averages out to $69K annually. Overall incomes of Directors of Communications — including $25K bonuses, $23K profit sharing proceeds, and $39K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $40K and $130K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Communications. Most Directors of Communications survey respondents are women (71 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,354 - $123,367
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MEDIAN: $69,075
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$12.14 - $45.25
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,354 - $123,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,824  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $22,669  
Commission
$0.00 - $39,149  
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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).
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$39,896 - $130,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,504
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Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $45.25  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.55  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,824  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $22,669  
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).
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$39,896 - $130,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Job Description for Director of Communications

Communications directors are responsible for the communicating a positive image of a company to the public. They often advise executives on public relations and how to effectively communicate the company’s message. Communications directors can work in any field, including nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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Director of Communications Tasks

  • Manage press conferences and press coverage at all company events.
  • Devise and implement the strategy, messaging and tools needed to build the image of the company.
  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.

Common Career Paths for Director of Communications


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Directors of Communications who advance into the role of a VP of Communications are fairly uncommon. VPs of Communications on average earn $120K per year. More often than not, a Communications Director role is the next step for Directors of Communications moving up in the field. Pay for Communications Directors is usually $62K. Many Directors of Communications choose to take on a Marketing Communications Director role instead, where salaries are typically $73K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Communications


Survey results imply that Directors of Communications deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 15 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Web Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Marketing Communications also know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. Those who learned Media / Public Relations also tend to know Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Communications

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Directors of Communications. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Directors of Communications with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Communications, 58 percent above the national average. Directors of Communications can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+37 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Directors of Communications earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries



National Average
$69,000



Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries




Media / Public Relations
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Web Development
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Marketing Management
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National Average
$69,000

Project Management
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Technical Writing
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Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 362 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%