Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

For VPs of Communications, annual average wages total $116K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most VPs of Communications report high levels of job satisfaction. Female VPs of Communications are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,148 - $194,993
MEDIAN: $116,236

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$70,148 - $194,993  
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$71,017 - $212,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Communications

A vice president (VP), communications is one of the highest level executives within a company. He or she usually has overall responsibility for all official communications and messages to and from the company. This executive will typically find departments like public relations, social media, and even traditional media teams under his or her umbrella of responsibility. The VP of communications may also exercise some control over advertising and branding issues within the company.


Vice President (VP), Communications Tasks

  • Oversee communication press releases, scripts and editorials.
  • Develop pricing strategies and media relations plan, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Plan, direct and set the strategic direction of marketing and communication program within an organization.
  • Research and analyze target markets to develop strategic and tactical plans to grow the business.

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Popular Skills for

VPs of Communications only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Corporate Communications command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 53 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Communications. It is not unusual for someone who knows Marketing Communications to be familiar with Media / Public Relations as well.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Corporate Communications
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


66 %
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%