Directors of Communications in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Directors of Communications. Salaries average out to around $72K annually and spread from $42K to $131K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $14K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Communications can bottom out near $42K or peak near $131K depending on individual performance. 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. Most Directors of Communications survey respondents are women (70 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Communications. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,975 - $125,932
$43K
$72K
$130K
MEDIAN: $71,775
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90%

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$12.90 - $41.88
$13
$23
$42
MEDIAN: $22.56
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,975 - $125,932  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $24,407  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,893  
Commission
$7,750  
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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$41,824 - $130,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $41.88  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $53.10  
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
$148.99 - $24,407  
   
Commission
$7,750  
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).
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$41,824 - $130,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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

  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Communications


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Directors of Communications may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications, where median compensation is $130K annually. Becoming a Communications Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Directors of Communications move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Communications Director is $62K. Another frequent advance is for Directors of Communications to assume a Marketing Communications Director role; in this role, workers often take home $74K.

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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, skills in Corporate Communications, People Management, Strategic Planning, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Web Content Management also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Marketing Communications tend to be well versed 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. Directors of Communications bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $91K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,226

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Communications, 58 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Communications can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+55 percent), New York (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), and Seattle (+25 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Director of Communications' salary, with Austin Directors of Communications earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Director of Communications

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 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
39%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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