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Marketing Communications Manager Salary

Median pay for Marketing Communications Managers in the United States is around $62K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $96K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Marketing Communications Managers spread between $40K and $96K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Marketing Communications Managers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,733 - $91,350
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$91K
MEDIAN: $61,791
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$13.52 - $44.79
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,733 - $91,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,211  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $7,063  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,913  
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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$40,155 - $96,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $44.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,211  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,913  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $7,063  
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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$40,155 - $96,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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Job Description for Marketing Communications Manager

Marketing communications managers oversee marketing for businesses or brands and focus on brand awareness. One of their biggest goals is to gain and maintain a good customer base, focusing on customer retention and satisfaction. A marketing communications manager also develops and implements marketing strategies and advertising. Effective marketing involves staying up to date and knowledgeable about new technology and methods of advertising. They must also know their customer demographics and target audience, and they must know how to attend to them and deliver the company’s message in the most effective, efficient way possible.

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Marketing Communications Manager Tasks

  • Act as a liaison between outside vendors and management.
  • Guide and support management in marketing planning and public relation strategies to ensure alignment with objectives.
  • Manage marketing communication initiatives; internal and external communications and special events promotions.
  • Monitor advertising trends and budgets.

Common Career Paths for Marketing Communications Manager


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Marketing Communications Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Marketing VP. The latter position pays an average of $148K annually. Marketing Communications Directors or Marketing Directors are common next-step roles for Marketing Communications Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Marketing Communications Directors is $10K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Marketing Directors.

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Popular Skills for Marketing Communications Manager


Marketing Communications Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Branding, Strategic Marketing, Marketing Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, and Marketing Administration. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Marketing Management, Media / Public Relations, and Branding.

Pay by Experience Level for Marketing Communications Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Marketing Communications Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. Marketing Communications Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Marketing Communications Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Marketing Communications Managers in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Marketing Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

Marketing Communications Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Marketing Communications Manager?

Marketing Communications Manager in Newark:
"It's A Direct Communication Between Business And Referrals."
Pros: Everything, love that I work in the field so I can directly effect outcomes but I am critical in this piece of the business as well.
Cons: Being pulled too many ways constantly, coordination of efforts and ideas. Lack of organization is challenging.

Marketing Communications Manager in Houston:
"Extreme Boredom Highlighted By Extremely Intense Days."
Pros: I like that its a small company and that I know everyone and there's not a lot of corporate bureaucracy. I like that we have casual attire and have half days on Friday. I like that I get to travel on the company dime and I get to spend sometime away from my desk.
Cons: I don't like that I'm the only person in my department. I don't like that my boss is a horrible micro manager sometimes and other times could careless. I don't like that I'm put in awkward situations between what the CEO is telling me to do and what I know we should, he's a part owner of the company. I don't like that I'm required to set up displays at conferences when no one else that actually works the show has to do that.

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Experience Affects Marketing Communications Manager Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Marketing Communications Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 573 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%