Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

VPs of Communications in the United States can expect wages of $127K per year on average. Total cash compensation to VPs of Communications approaches anywhere from $70K on the lower end to $216K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $42K from bonuses and upwards of $35K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure 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. Female VPs of Communications make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$70,304 - $187,248
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MEDIAN: $127,254
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$70,304 - $187,248  
   
Bonus
$2,936 - $42,479  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $35,355  
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$70,392 - $216,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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


VPs of Communications who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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 22 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Communications. For most people, competency in Marketing Communications indicates knowledge of Corporate Communications.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,772

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

With a pay rate for VPs of Communications that is 22 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. VPs of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a VP of Communications' salary, with Columbus VPs of Communications earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP), Communications

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

▲21%

National Average
$137,000

▼2%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries



National Average
$137,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
no benefits
None: 3%