Director of Communications Salary

Just under 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 $69K annually. Total cash incomes of Directors of Communications run from $41K to $129K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $24K, profit sharing that reaches $21K, and some commissions of nearly $36K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Directors of Communications is high. Female Directors of Communications make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,998 - $122,643

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$12.02 - $44.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,998 - $122,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,899  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $21,331  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,508  
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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$40,537 - $129,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,727
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Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $44.85  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $45.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,899  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,508  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $21,331  
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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$40,537 - $129,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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At the upper end, Directors of Communications who move into a VP of Marketing & Communications role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Marketing & Communications is a much higher $129K per year. Going from Director of Communications to Communications Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Communications Directors is $62K. Many others choose to work as Marketing Communications Directors, where pay is typically $73K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Communications


Directors of Communications seem to exploit a large range 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. Advertising and Web Content Management also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. A tool kit that includes Media / Public Relations also typically contains 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Directors of Communications. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Communications make a median salary of $83K. Directors of Communications 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 $89K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Communications, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Communications can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+40 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), Washington (+32 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Communications is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Chicago and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

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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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Strategic Marketing
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National Average
$69,000

Project Management
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Marketing Management
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Technical Writing
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Advertising
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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