Director of Communications Salary

Directors of Communications in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $135K per year, median earnings come to $73K per year. In the world of Directors of Communications, total cash compensation can vary between $42K and $135K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $14K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Communications. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Directors of Communications survey respondents are women (73 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,799 - $131,023
$44K
$73K
$130K
MEDIAN: $72,858
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$13.69 - $46.57
$14
$24
$47
MEDIAN: $24.03
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$0$138K
Salary $43,799 - $131,023
Bonus $193.92 - $25,820
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,094
Commission $10,000
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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$42,243 - $138,147
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,249
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $13.69 - $46.57
Overtime $10.00 - $44.35
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $193.92 - $25,820
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,094
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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$42,243 - $138,147
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

Job Description for Director of Communications

Communications directors are responsible for the communicating a positive image of a company to the public. They often advise executives on public relations and how to effectively communicate the company’s message. Communications directors can work in any field, including nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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Director of Communications 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Communications


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For Directors of Communications, progressing to a VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Public Relations & Corporate Communications can earn $131K annually. It is not unusual for a Director of Communications to become a Communications Director or a Marketing Communications Director.

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Popular Skills for Director of Communications


Directors of Communications report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Web Marketing also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Marketing Communications also know Corporate Communications and Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Communications

Pay by Experience for a Director of Communications has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Communications with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 339 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Communications with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 495 salaries. An experienced Director of Communications which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 563 salaries. A Director of Communications with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 230 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,455

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

For Directors of Communications, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 55 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+37 percent), New York (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Indianapolis and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less).

Director of Communications Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Communications?

Director of Communications in Franklin:
"Creative position."
Pros: Design, editing, initiative,
Cons: Budgets that aren't clear, not enough people to do the work.

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Key Stats for Director of Communications

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries

▲25%

▲21%

National Average
$73,000

▼5%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 13%