Communications Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$78,000
$47,000
$78,000
$128,000
Communications directors in the United States make an average salary of $78,179 per year or $37.59 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $47,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $128,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Idaho, Washington, Utah, Wisconsin, and Indiana provide the highest communications director salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Renton, WA
$131,616
Berkeley, CA
$130,925
Phoenix, AZ
$117,916
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Map of Communications Director Salaries

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

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Average Communications Director Salary By Location

While a communications director can average a salary of $78,179 per year, or $37.59 per hour, there are many opportunities for communications directors to make more. For example, in Renton, WA you might make $131,616 per year. Other high-paying locations include Berkeley, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Eugene, OR. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Renton, WA where the average starting salary is $70,000. The highest paying states for communications directors include Idaho, Washington and Utah. Meanwhile, Montana, South Dakota, and Florida offer the lowest salaries.

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Average Salary

Average Communications Director Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Baker Botts and Google as they offer the highest salaries for communications directors.

Company
Average Salary
$172,637
$173k
$149,818
$150k
$149,304
$149k
$148,203
$148k
$139,253
$139k
$138,183
$138k

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Average Communications Director Pay By Industry

As we previously stated, communications director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that real estate, health care, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for communications directors. For example, communications directors make a whopping average salary of $102,115 while working for real estate companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $80,830 at health care companies and $78,495 at manufacturing companies. But communications directors may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $69,981.

Industry
Average Salary
Real Estate
Real Estate
$102,115
$102k
Health Care
Health Care
$80,830
$81k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$78,495
$78k
Professional
Professional
$71,454
$71k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$70,315
$70k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$69,981
$70k

Communications Director Salary History

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Recently Added Communications Director Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Director of The Office of Expanded Learning and Community Support
Director of The Office of Expanded Learning and Community Support
07/28/2020
07/28/2020
$54,101
$54,101
07/28/2020
Director of Communication
Director of Communication
07/22/2020
07/22/2020
$45,000
$45,000
07/22/2020
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Director of Save The Veto Communications
Director of Save The Veto Communications
Director of Save The Veto Communications
07/09/2020
07/09/2020
$60,000
$60,000
07/09/2020
28403 Director of Communications Gs15
28403 Director of Communications Gs15
06/28/2020
06/28/2020
$121,316
$121,316
06/28/2020
Director of Communications
Director of Communications
06/28/2020
06/28/2020
$96,970
$96,970
06/28/2020
Director Administration-Law School-Administration and Communication
Director Administration-Law School-Administration and Communication
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
$63,606
$63,606
06/26/2020
City of Denver
City of Denver
Director of Emergency Communications
Director of Emergency Communications
Director of Emergency Communications
06/24/2020
06/24/2020
$99,649
$99,649
06/24/2020
Director of Communications-(Public Service Coordinator II)-Anticipated Vacancy
Director of Communications-(Public Service Coordinator II)-Anticipated Vacancy
06/18/2020
06/18/2020
$59,093
$59,093
06/18/2020
Communications Director
Communications Director
06/16/2020
06/16/2020
$90,000
$90,000
06/16/2020
Confire JPA Communications Director
Confire JPA Communications Director
06/13/2020
06/13/2020
$216,026
$216,026
06/13/2020