Director of Communications Salary

Directors of Communications who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Directors of Communications. Pay fluctuates from $42K to $132K per year, but expected earnings average $72K per year. Total cash compensation for Directors of Communications runs from $42K to $132K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Directors of Communications survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most Directors of Communications like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,692 - $126,675
$43K
$72K
$130K
MEDIAN: $72,258
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$13.30 - $44.24
$13
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $23.19
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National Salary 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
Salary
$42,692 - $126,675  
   
Bonus
$197.74 - $24,849  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,893  
Commission
$11,600  
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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$41,559 - $131,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $44.24  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $53.48  
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
$197.74 - $24,849  
   
Commission
$11,600  
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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$41,559 - $131,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 $131K annually. It is not uncommon for a Director of Communications to continue on to become a Communications Director or a Marketing Communications Director.

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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, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Web Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Marketing Communications also 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.


For many Directors of Communications, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. 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 $92K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,815

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

Directors of Communications will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 56 percent. Directors of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+37 percent), New York (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), and Boston (+26 percent). Directors of Communications in Austin make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Indianapolis and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Director of Communications

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries

▲26%

▲22%

National Average
$73,000

▼4%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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