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Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

Median pay for VPs of Communications in the United States is around $113K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of VPs of Communications (65 percent) survey participants are women. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for VPs of Communications is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$68,884 - $183,831
MEDIAN: $113,323

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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.
$68,884 - $183,831  
$1,272 - $39,974  
Profit Sharing
$1,185 - $3,815  
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).
$69,113 - $206,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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 report a focused set of job 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 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Communications. Many workers who know Marketing Communications also know Media / Public Relations.

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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 20 votes.


65 %
35 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%