The average salary for a Director of Communications in Chicago, Illinois is $74,964.
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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. Communications directors are the spokespeople for the company. They manage media relations and often are the primary point of contact for journalists. They create press release…Read more
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.
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Popular Skills for Director of Communications
Media / Public Relations
Web Content Management
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 Web Content Management and Marketing Communications.
Pay by Experience Level for Director of Communications
An early career Director of Communications with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,693 based on 15 salaries. A mid-career Director of Communications with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,162 based on 37 salaries. An experienced Director of Communications with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,497 based on 44 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $90,000.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Director of Communications in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 60.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (36.6% more) and New York, New York (34.9% more).
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