Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

VPs of Communications in the United States can expect to earn an average of $113K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of VPs of Communications (65 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$69,249 - $191,014
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$69K
$110K
$190K
MEDIAN: $113,323
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$69,249 - $191,014  
   
Bonus
$1,291 - $43,084  
Profit Sharing
$1,185 - $3,815  
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$69,515 - $209,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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.

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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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VPs of Communications only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications. Many workers who know Marketing Communications also know Media / Public Relations.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$121,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 45%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$121,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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