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Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

Median pay for VPs of Communications in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $111K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. VPs of Communications survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Communications, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$65,825 - $180,008
MEDIAN: $110,957

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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.
$65,825 - $180,008  
$1,150 - $40,248  
Profit Sharing
$1,190 - $14,740  
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).
$66,646 - $203,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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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VPs of Communications typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Employees educated in Marketing Communications are typically practiced in Media / Public Relations, too.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Corporate Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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National Average

Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


64 %
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%