Vice President (VP), Communications Salary
|Salary||$70,680 - $186,774|
|Bonus||$2,534 - $42,837|
|Profit Sharing||$1,208 - $35,479|
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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).)
|$70,751 - $215,399|
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.Read More...
As a VP-level executive, this person will typically have directors or department managers who are direct reports. These managers will keep the VP in the loop on all relevant matters regarding messaging and media-based marketing the organization engages in. The VP may be called upon to approve things like media campaigns, social media marketing endeavors, and related message-based topics. The VP ensures that all official communications coming from the organization are consistent with and adhere to the company's branding and placement. He or she typically helps to design and approve message-related rules for employees in regard to the company.
Most persons at this executive level possess both extensive education and practical experience backgrounds. A VP in communications likely has a bachelor's degree, and perhaps even post-graduate studies in, communications and business disciplines. Additionally, many organizations will only consider promoting a person into this executive level if that person has demonstrated performance in media messaging and organization-wide communications protocols. Typically this person has an executive office and staff, as well as many direct reports to supervise. As such organization and outstanding communication skills are a must for this position, most vice presidents of communications work fairly long hours during the work week in this environment.
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
Survey takers who work as VPs of Communications typically report just a few professional skills. Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications. The majority of those who know Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications.
Pay Difference by Location
VPs of Communications will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. VPs of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent) and Los Angeles (+2 percent). VPs of Communications in Columbus earn salaries far below the national average by 30 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.
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