How much does a Communications Director make in the United States? The average Communications Director salary in the United States is $185,052 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $163,700 and $209,763. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Communications Director Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Communications Director Salary $144,260 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Communications Director Salary $163,700 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Communications Director Salary $185,052 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Communications Director Salary $209,763 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Communications Director Salary $232,261 US January 26, 2024
25% $163,700 10% $144,260 90% $232,261 75% $209,763 $185,052 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


Marketing Communications: Marketing communications (MC, marcom(s), marcomm(s)) uses different marketing channels and tools in combination: Marketing communication channels focus on any way a business communicates a message to its desired market, or the market in general. A marketing communication tool can be anything from: advertising, personal selling, direct marketing, sponsorship, communication, and promotion to public relations. MC are made up of the marketing mix which is made up of 4P's: Price, Promotion, Place and Product, for a business selling goods, and made up of 7P's: Price, Promotion, Place, Product, People, Physical evidence and Process, for a service based business.


Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is a suite of desktop productivity applications that is designed by Microsoft for business use. You can create documents containing text and images, work with data in spreadsheets and databases, create presentations and posters.

Leadership 4.98%
Marketing Communications 1.6%
Microsoft Office 0.75%
Others 92.67%

Job Description for Communications Director

Communications Director directs an organization's internal and external communications strategies and programs. Directs and oversees communications programs that effectively describe and promote the organization and its products. Being a Communications Director may conduct market or public opinion research to assess program outcomes. Suggests promotional campaign ideas in various types of media, as well as counsels top management on effective communication strategies. Additionally, Communications Director requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to senior management. The Communications Director manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. To be a Communications Director typically requires 5+ years of managerial experience. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Communications Director salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Communications Director, the highest Communications Director salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Communications Director salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Communications Director salary is in Miami, FL, where the Communications Director salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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