Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

Median pay for VPs of Communications in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $132K per year. Total cash compensation to VPs of Communications approaches anywhere from $71K on the lower end to $215K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $43K from bonuses and upwards of $35K from profit sharing. Location and experience level 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. For the most part, VPs of Communications enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$70,680 - $186,774
$71K
$130K
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MEDIAN: $132,118
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Salary $70,680 - $186,774
Bonus $2,534 - $42,837
Profit Sharing $1,208 - $35,479
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$70,751 - $215,399
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 132

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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


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

National Average: $141,943

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Vice President (VP), Communications

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

▲16%

National Average
$142,000

▼6%

▼26%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries



National Average
$142,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 6%
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