VPs of Communications in the United States take home an average $122K per year. Residence 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. Most VPs of Communications survey respondents are women (74 percent). Job satisfaction for VPs of Communications is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,571 - $193,493
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$70K
$120K
$190K
MEDIAN: $122,040
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$69,571 - $193,493  
   
Bonus
$3,091 - $43,295  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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$69,776 - $215,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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

  • 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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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Communications


VPs of Communications usually 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 30 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Communications. Most people familiar with Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,700

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

For VPs of Communications, New York provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. VPs of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Washington (6 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries



National Average
$127,000


Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries



National Average
$127,000

Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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