An average VP of Communications in the United States can expect to take home roughly $127K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female VPs of Communications making up 73 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for VPs of Communications is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$69,959 - $191,890  
   
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$4,866 - $43,181  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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$70,082 - $214,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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

  • Develop and maintain relationships with decision makers of new and existing clients, and media outlets.
  • Research and analyze target markets to develop strategic and tactical plans to grow the business.
  • Plan, direct and set the strategic direction of marketing and business development initiatives within an organization.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media outlets.
  • Develop pricing strategies and media relations plan, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Communications


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 25 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications. Those educated in Marketing Communications tend to be well versed in Corporate Communications.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $134,171

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

For VPs of Communications, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. VPs of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+8 percent) and Washington (+6 percent). VPs of Communications in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP), Communications

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries


National Average
$134,000



Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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