Director of Communications Salary

With just below three-fifths 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 $41K to $129K per year and averages out to $70K annually. Overall incomes of Directors of Communications generally bottom out at around $41K and peak near $129K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $22K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from 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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Communications


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Directors of Communications may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Marketing & Communications, where median compensation is $129K annually. 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


Survey results imply that Directors of Communications deploy 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. It is often found that people who know Marketing Communications are also skilled 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported 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. 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: $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). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Director of Communications' salary, with Austin Directors of Communications earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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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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