For Marketing Communications Managers, yearly average wages total $64K annually. Cash earnings for Marketing Communications Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $98K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,679 - $94,399
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$12.55 - $40.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,679 - $94,399  
   
Bonus
$310.94 - $10,339  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,312  
Commission
$2,358  
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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$40,631 - $97,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $57.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$310.94 - $10,339  
   
Commission
$2,358  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,312  
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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$40,631 - $97,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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.

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While Marketing Communications Managers do not often become Marketing VPs, the job pays $149K per year on average. It is quite typical for Marketing Communications Managers to transition into roles as Marketing Communications Directors or Marketing Directors, where reported median earnings are $9K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Marketing Communications Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Marketing, Marketing Management, Project Management, and Powerpoint are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, and Web Content Management. It is not unusual for someone who knows Branding to be familiar with Marketing Communications as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Marketing Communications Manager

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


Marketing Communications Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. Marketing Communications Managers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,298

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

For Marketing Communications Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Marketing Communications Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+23 percent), New York (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (8 percent less) and Denver (6 percent less).

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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
$64,000


Skills That Affect Marketing Communications Manager Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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