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Director of Communications Salary (United States)

With slightly more than half 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 $40K to $130K per year and averages out to $68K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $24K, $20K, and $39K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Communications can bottom out near $40K or top out at around $130K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Communications are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Communications. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Director of Communications Salary (?
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$40,084 - $123,485
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MEDIAN: $68,394
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Director of Communications Salary (?
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$12.12 - $45.42
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,084 - $123,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,251  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $20,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $39,149  
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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$39,568 - $130,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $45.42  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,251  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $20,000  
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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$39,568 - $130,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Directors of Communications who advance to upper-end positions like VP of Communications. Median pay for VPs of Communications is $122K per year. A Communications Director role is the most common promotion for Directors of Communications moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $62K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Directors of Communications is a Marketing Communications Director position, where earnings are usually $73K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Communications

Survey takers working as Directors of Communications report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Event Planning 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 Social Media Marketing and Corporate Communications. The majority of those who know Media / Public Relations 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Directors of Communications. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Directors of Communications with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 $93K on average. The majority of Directors of Communications have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Directors of Communications, New York provides a pay rate that is 61 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, top-paying cities where Directors of Communications see paychecks higher than average (+38 percent, +35 percent, +28 percent, and +22 percent). Directors of Communications in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Philadelphia and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries

National Average
$68,000

Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries

Media / Public Relations
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Web Development
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$68,000
Project Management
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Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%