$76,151
Avg. Salary
$23.90
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$6,993

Bonus

$4,069

Profit Sharing

$6,353

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Director Of Communications is $23.90 per hour.

The average pay for a Director Of Communications is $76,151 per year.

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MEDIAN $76,151
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$0$143K
Salary $45,059 - $134,704
Bonus $404 - $30,112
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $18,000
Commission $403 - $24,832
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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$44,131 - $143,347
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,435
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $13.80 - $46.72
Overtime $10.10 - $43.59
Annual Data $0$143K
Bonus $404 - $30,112
Commission $403 - $24,832
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $18,000
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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$44,131 - $143,347
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 89

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
  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison for the company with media in all markets.
  • Supervise news releases and the implementation of public relations programs.
  • 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.

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.

Director of Communications Job Listings

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: $76,362

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 Oklahoma City:
"The city is wonderful."
Pros: The restaurant scene
Cons: Traffic

Director of Communications in Dallas:
"Incredibly fulfilling job."
Pros: Ability to affect change, work with executive leadership, develop a team, and work in a creative environment. Also love the flexibility.
Cons: Pulling people along to be more effective, efficient, and visionary.

Director of Communications in El Paso:
"Save money."
Learn graphic design.

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

Director of Communications in Bethesda:
"Be goal and results driven."
Set your personal objectives and meet them.

Director of Communications in San Diego:
"More internships."
I wish I interned at multiple companies to get a better feel of what I like to do before I had to learn it while support myself at a full time career. It would also allow for a better understanding of how different companies function and would allow you to apply this to the career you decide to choose.

Director of Communications in New Orleans:
Make sure your phone is getting subsidized. Get all the perks you can.

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Key Stats for Director of Communications

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Director of Communications Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

National Average
$76,000

▼9%

▼32%

Skills That Affect Director of Communications Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%