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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Communications Director Salary

$107,114 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$51.50 hourly

Entry level Salary
$65,000 yearly
$65,000
10 %
$107,114
Median
$174,000
90 %

How much does a Communications Director make?

Communications directors make $107,114 per year on average, or $51.5 per hour, in the United States. Communications directors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $65,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $174,000.

Location impacts how much a communications director can expect to make. Communications directors make the most in Washington, California, Montana, Oregon, and Nevada.

Highest Paying States For Communications Directors

The darker areas on the map show where communications directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Communications Director average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$145,741$70.072,524
2Washington$150,308$72.26526
3Montana$137,287$66.0082
4Oregon$133,354$64.11299
5Iowa$112,284$53.98631
6Delaware$117,902$56.68126
7Nevada$124,694$59.95134
8New Jersey$122,739$59.01595
9Rhode Island$114,070$54.8494
10North Dakota$116,848$56.1863
11New Hampshire$117,089$56.29103
12Idaho$113,050$54.35112
13District of Columbia$112,319$54.00381
14New York$109,360$52.581,365
15Massachusetts$107,679$51.77741
16South Dakota$95,573$45.95257
17Utah$104,390$50.19237
18Vermont$101,907$48.9982
19Virginia$104,080$50.04768
20Minnesota$109,505$52.65351
21Wyoming$94,971$45.6654
22Pennsylvania$101,265$48.69643
23Illinois$102,176$49.12768
24Michigan$102,585$49.32374
25Alaska$101,323$48.7158
26Arkansas$86,463$41.57578
27Arizona$97,137$46.70302
28Colorado$100,607$48.37350
29Oklahoma$85,896$41.30542
30New Mexico$96,605$46.4497
31Ohio$98,427$47.32387
32Kansas$96,843$46.56121
33Maryland$93,654$45.03443
34Connecticut$90,788$43.65229
35Wisconsin$88,703$42.65279
36Indiana$89,314$42.94270
37Maine$84,263$40.5188
38Missouri$89,954$43.25257
39Louisiana$66,950$32.19605
40Alabama$68,749$33.05625
41North Carolina$83,294$40.05526
42Nebraska$83,052$39.93119
43West Virginia$83,313$40.0574
44Mississippi$63,960$30.75380
45Hawaii$65,480$31.4866
46Georgia$72,690$34.95551
47Kentucky$75,860$36.47165
48Texas$66,990$32.211,112
49Tennessee$67,623$32.51235
50South Carolina$69,297$33.32173
51Florida$60,786$29.22676

Highest Paying Cities For Communications Directors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$165,052$79.35
2Seattle, WA$151,456$72.82
3Eugene, OR$134,920$64.87
4Newark, NJ$123,522$59.39
5Providence, RI$114,297$54.95
6Washington, DC$112,565$54.12
7Minneapolis, MN$109,652$52.72
8New York, NY$109,608$52.70
9Arlington, VA$108,432$52.13
10Boston, MA$107,639$51.75
11Chicago, IL$103,102$49.57
12Detroit, MI$102,623$49.34
13Philadelphia, PA$101,689$48.89
14Denver, CO$100,585$48.36
15Phoenix, AZ$98,747$47.47

Communications Director Salary Details

Communications Director Salary

What is a Communications Director's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$174,000$14,500$84
75th Percentile$138,000$11,500$66
Average$107,114$8,926$52
25th Percentile$82,000$6,833$39
10th Percentile$65,000$5,417$31

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Director, Customer Relations$128,811$10,734$61.9326,470
Director Of Public Affairs$126,965$10,580$61.0426,290
Public Relations Manager$100,440$8,370$48.2935,273
Vice President Of Communication$167,452$13,954$80.5143,726
Manager Of Corporate Communications$137,146$11,429$65.9434,908
Director Of Communications And Marketing$101,176$8,431$48.64109,600

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Microsoft Jobs (49)
  2. Salesforce Jobs (135)
  3. CSG Jobs (25)
  4. Fidelity Investments Jobs (16)
  5. CBRE Group Jobs (36)

Which Companies Pay Communications Directors The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Meta and Google are the highest paying companies for communications directors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Meta$191,543$92.091111
2Google$186,864$89.8444
3Twitter$179,326$86.21
4Southwestern Energy$174,357$83.834
5APCO Worldwide$172,787$83.0719
6Automattic$171,297$82.35
7Microsoft$171,003$82.21141
8NVIDIA$168,106$80.82
9Shutterstock$166,633$80.11
10McKinsey & Company Inc$164,597$79.1355
11Warby Parker$164,219$78.95
12Autodesk$161,884$77.831
13BuzzFeed$160,728$77.27
14Cisco$159,774$76.818
15F5$156,402$75.1915
16Nike$153,894$73.9918
17FTI Consulting$153,489$73.7913
18Bloomberg$153,268$73.6911
19Salesforce$152,972$73.54169
20Citi$152,703$73.4136

How Much Do Communications Directors Make In Different Industries?

Communications director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, professional, and media industries tend to offer much higher salaries for communications directors. For example, communications directors make a whopping average salary of $120,359 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $117,507 in the professional industry and $116,334 in the media industry.

Communications directors may want to avoid working in the real estate industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $67,660.

Highest Paying Industries For Communications Directors

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$120,359$57.86
2Professional$117,507$56.49
3Media$116,334$55.93
4Manufacturing$115,128$55.35
5Finance$110,354$53.05
6Health Care$108,837$52.33
7Retail$108,746$52.28
8Non Profits$94,374$45.37
9Education$84,064$40.42
10Government$71,437$34.34

High Paying Communications Director Jobs

Communications Director Salary Trends

Average Communications Director Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Communications Director Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$107,000$51.50+3.9%
    2021$103,000$49.48+2.0%
    2020$101,000$48.48+3.1%
    2019$97,700$46.99+3.6%
    2018$94,300$45.32+3.0%

    Recently Added Communications Director Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Fidelity InvestmentsDirector, Managed Solutions Client CommunicationsSmithfield, RI06/01/2022$85,000
    University of CaliforniaRed Communications DirectorRiverside, CA06/01/2022$64,400
    Construction (Socal) In CaliforniaDirector-CommunicationsChicago, IL05/31/2022$158,700
    Davenport UniversityDir-CommunicationsGrand Rapids, MI05/30/2022$60,000
    University of VirginiaDirector, Internal & Executive CommunicationsCharlottesville, VA05/30/2022$118,123
    ACLU of MaineDirector of CommunicationsPortland, ME05/28/2022$75,000
    Bellingham Technical CollegeDirector of CommunicationsBellingham, WA05/25/2022$98,916
    Dc ScoresDirector, CommunicationsWashington, DC05/25/2022$63,362
    CignaHead of Enterprise Thought Leadership-External Communications Director-Work From HomeBloomfield, CT05/25/2022$123,500
    Harvest HomeDirector of Fundraising & CommunicationsLos Angeles, CA05/21/2022$70,000

    Communications Director Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Communications Directors the most?

    Washington pays Communications Directors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $150,308 per year, or $72.26 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Communications Director?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Communications Director if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $145,741 per year.

    What type of Communications Director gets paid the most?

    Vice President Of Communication gets paid the most. Vice President Of Communication made a median salary of $167,452. The best-paid 10 percent make $210,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $133,000.

    How long does it take to become a communications director?

    It takes about seven to ten years of work experience in the communications field to become a communications director. This is typically in addition to a bachelor's or master's degree, usually in journalism or communications.

    How much money does a communications director make?

    A communications director makes around $90,000 a year on average. However, this can vary significantly, with the bottom percentile earning only around $85,000 a year, while top earners can make over $130,000 as a communications director.

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