Director of Communications Salary

Just below three-fifths of Directors of Communications in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $129K per year, but median earnings come to around $70K annually. The range in cash compensation to Directors of Communications ($41K to $129K) includes potential earnings of $22K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Directors of Communications enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,359 - $123,634
(Median)
$41K
$70K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,012
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$12.04 - $43.63
(Median)
$12
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,359 - $123,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,468  
Profit Sharing
$786 - $22,000  
Commission
$5,404  
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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$40,758 - $129,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,898
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $43.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.71 - $46.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,468  
   
Commission
$5,404  
Profit Sharing
$786 - $22,000  
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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$40,758 - $129,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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.

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Directors of Communications' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Marketing & Communications. The average VP of Marketing & Communications brings home $129K per year. The most common career progression for Directors of Communications leads to becoming a Communications Director, where pay is typically $62K. However, many Directors of Communications also opt to become Marketing Communications Directors, a position that pays $73K on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Communications


Directors of Communications report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, Strategic Marketing, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Content Management and Web Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Marketing Communications are similarly competent in 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.


Directors of Communications with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. On average, Directors of Communications make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Directors of Communications with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,232

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Communications, 47 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Communications can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+45 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Directors of Communications in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (17 percent lower) and Chicago (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries



National Average
$70,000



Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries



Strategic Marketing
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Media / Public Relations
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National Average
$70,000

People Management
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Project Management
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Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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