Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

Median pay for VPs of Communications in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $114K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female VPs of Communications are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Most VPs of Communications like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,353 - $190,317
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$69K
$110K
$190K
MEDIAN: $113,841
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$69,353 - $190,317  
   
Bonus
$1,300 - $42,888  
Profit Sharing
$1,167 - $3,750  
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).
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$69,667 - $209,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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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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 44 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications. Those with knowledge of Marketing Communications tend to be skilled in Media / Public Relations as well.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$122,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 44%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$122,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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