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Average Communications Director Salary

$71,275
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,500
Bonus
$3,800
Commission
$8,160
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Communications Director is $71,275.
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$41k
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$71k
90%
$134k
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$41k - $134k
Bonus
$494 - $30k
Profit Sharing
$148 - $21k
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$0 - $4k
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$39k - $140k
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What Do Communications Directors Do?

Communications Director Tasks
  • Manage press conferences and press coverage at all company events.
  • Devise and implement the strategy, messaging and tools needed to build the image of the company.
  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.

Job Satisfaction for Communications Director

3.9 out of 5
(299)
Highly Satisfied
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The top respondents for the job title Communications Director are from the companies Crossroads Church, EY (Ernst & Young) and American Heart Association. Reported salaries are highest at EY (Ernst & Young) where the average pay is $161,807. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Prudential and U.S. House of Representatives, earning around $126,500 and $71,603, respectively. Crossroads Church pays the lowest at around $31,000. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Heart Association also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,000 and $67,498, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Communications Directors?

Skills in Media / Public Relations, Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing and Marketing Communications.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Communications Directors?

An entry-level Communications Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,898 based on 23 salaries. An early career Communications Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,601 based on 366 salaries. A mid-career Communications Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,617 based on 517 salaries. An experienced Communications Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,659 based on 648 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $91,484.
Employees with Communications Director in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 59.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (46.7% more) and Chicago, Illinois (24.1% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,853 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.2%
Early Career
19.8%
Mid Career
27.9%
Experienced
35.0%
Late Career
16.1%