Vice President (VP), Communications Salary

VPs of Communications in the United States take home approximately $133K annually on average. Cash earnings for VPs of Communications — including $42K in bonuses and $35K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $71K to $213K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (80 percent) of VPs of Communications who took the survey are female. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,578 - $186,884
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$130K
$190K
MEDIAN: $133,244
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Salary $71,578 - $186,884
Bonus $1,987 - $43,699
Profit Sharing $1,216 - $88,769
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$71,671 - $220,210
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 143

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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

  • Develop and maintain relationships with decision makers of new and existing clients, and media outlets.
  • Research and analyze target markets to develop strategic and tactical plans to grow the business.
  • Plan, direct and set the strategic direction of marketing and business development initiatives within an organization.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media outlets.
  • Develop pricing strategies and media relations plan, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Communications


Survey takers who work as VPs of Communications usually report a few specific skills. Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Communications. Those familiar with Marketing Communications also tend to know Corporate Communications.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $142,332

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

For those looking to make money, VPs of Communications in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. VPs of Communications will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent) and Los Angeles (+1 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with VPs of Communications in Columbus earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP), Communications

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries

▲16%

National Average
$142,000

▼6%

▼26%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Communications Salaries



National Average
$142,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 5%
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