Average Communications Officer Salary
$42,000 yearly
$15.00 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$27,000
10 %
$42,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
Communications officers in the United States make an average salary of $42,254 per year or $20.31 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New York, Washington, Nevada, and New Jersey provide the highest communications officer salaries.

Average Communications Officer Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Communications Officer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$32,539
$32,539
$15.64
$15.64
Alaska
Alaska
$41,654
$41,654
$20.03
$20.03
Arizona
Arizona
$36,681
$36,681
$17.64
$17.64
Arkansas
Arkansas
$39,896
$39,896
$19.18
$19.18
California
California
$65,730
$65,730
$31.60
$31.60
Colorado
Colorado
$40,645
$40,645
$19.54
$19.54
Connecticut
Connecticut
$40,674
$40,674
$19.55
$19.55
Delaware
Delaware
$47,360
$47,360
$22.77
$22.77
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$63,910
$63,910
$30.73
$30.73
Florida
Florida
$35,861
$35,861
$17.24
$17.24
Georgia
Georgia
$37,740
$37,740
$18.14
$18.14
Hawaii
Hawaii
$37,162
$37,162
$17.87
$17.87
Idaho
Idaho
$29,011
$29,011
$13.95
$13.95
Illinois
Illinois
$33,604
$33,604
$16.16
$16.16
Indiana
Indiana
$32,556
$32,556
$15.65
$15.65
Iowa
Iowa
$41,525
$41,525
$19.96
$19.96
Kansas
Kansas
$40,981
$40,981
$19.70
$19.70
Kentucky
Kentucky
$27,324
$27,324
$13.14
$13.14
Louisiana
Louisiana
$27,217
$27,217
$13.09
$13.09
Maine
Maine
$47,569
$47,569
$22.87
$22.87
Maryland
Maryland
$45,541
$45,541
$21.89
$21.89
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$45,558
$45,558
$21.90
$21.90
Michigan
Michigan
$36,418
$36,418
$17.51
$17.51
Minnesota
Minnesota
$40,103
$40,103
$19.28
$19.28
Mississippi
Mississippi
$27,732
$27,732
$13.33
$13.33
Missouri
Missouri
$31,184
$31,184
$14.99
$14.99
Montana
Montana
$25,890
$25,890
$12.45
$12.45
Nebraska
Nebraska
$27,236
$27,236
$13.09
$13.09
Nevada
Nevada
$54,223
$54,223
$26.07
$26.07
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$44,556
$44,556
$21.42
$21.42
New Jersey
New Jersey
$52,077
$52,077
$25.04
$25.04
New Mexico
New Mexico
$39,526
$39,526
$19.00
$19.00
New York
New York
$61,057
$61,057
$29.35
$29.35
North Carolina
North Carolina
$35,387
$35,387
$17.01
$17.01
North Dakota
North Dakota
$41,544
$41,544
$19.97
$19.97
Ohio
Ohio
$31,667
$31,667
$15.22
$15.22
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$32,961
$32,961
$15.85
$15.85
Oregon
Oregon
$42,876
$42,876
$20.61
$20.61
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$41,125
$41,125
$19.77
$19.77
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$48,466
$48,466
$23.30
$23.30
South Carolina
South Carolina
$25,493
$25,493
$12.26
$12.26
South Dakota
South Dakota
$26,833
$26,833
$12.90
$12.90
Tennessee
Tennessee
$25,585
$25,585
$12.30
$12.30
Texas
Texas
$37,989
$37,989
$18.26
$18.26
Utah
Utah
$33,648
$33,648
$16.18
$16.18
Vermont
Vermont
$46,252
$46,252
$22.24
$22.24
Virginia
Virginia
$45,942
$45,942
$22.09
$22.09
Washington
Washington
$58,297
$58,297
$28.03
$28.03
West Virginia
West Virginia
$44,463
$44,463
$21.38
$21.38
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$32,521
$32,521
$15.64
$15.64
Wyoming
Wyoming
$32,831
$32,831
$15.78
$15.78

Highest Paying Cities For Communications Officer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Berkeley, CA
Berkeley, CA
$73,154
$73,154
$35.17
$35.17
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$63,898
$63,898
$30.72
$30.72
New York, NY
New York, NY
$61,332
$61,332
$29.49
$29.49
Olympia, WA
Olympia, WA
$61,207
$61,207
$29.43
$29.43
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$45,944
$45,944
$22.09
$22.09
Danvers, MA
Danvers, MA
$44,872
$44,872
$21.57
$21.57

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Average Communications Officer Salary Over Time

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Media Director

    Avg. salary: $92,950

    A media director spearheads and oversees a company's entire media-related activities, including marketing and advertising campaigns. They are in charge of setting goals and guidelines, liaising and building positive relationships with external parties, conceptualizing plans for projects and campaigns, and developing strategies to optimize operations. It is also their duty to address issues and concerns, resolving them promptly and efficiently. Furthermore, as a media director, it is essential to monitor the progress of different teams, leading and encouraging them to reach goals while implementing the company's policies and regulations.
    22,105 Media Director Jobs
    Police Dispatcher

    Avg. salary: $41,091

    Police Dispatchers are responsible for assessing incoming calls and deploying police resources using professional judgment. Their duties include answering emergency calls from agencies and the public, gathering information from police systems and call handlers, conducting priority assessments based on vulnerability and risks, and liaising with police officers to determine the logistics of place and time of an incident lodged. They also help facilitate investigations, reassure victims, and maintain accurate incident records.
    6,175 Police Dispatcher Jobs
    Social Media Director

    Avg. salary: $89,332

    Social Media Directors are responsible for the promotion of an organization's brand, services, and products through social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. They are responsible for implementing a social media strategy, tracking social media presence, keeping abreast of social media trends, and adopting new social media channels. Other duties include measuring Twitter activity, analyzing traffic patterns, assessing Facebook comments, and inspecting reception levels of social media messages. They contribute to creating progress reports, providing feedback to management, and contributing to strategy improvements.
    26,987 Social Media Director Jobs
    Director Of Public Affairs

    Avg. salary: $102,274

    Directors of Public Affairs are executives who manage the public relations and communications initiatives of the company. They oversee all external communications that are intended for broadcast. They create guidelines on the proper crafting of communication materials that will be published or broadcasted. They also lead the public affairs department in networking activities and industry events. Directors of Public Affairs must be level-headed, calm, and creative. They should know how to communicate with the public, handle crises, and create successful brands.
    17,084 Director Of Public Affairs Jobs
    Manager Of Special Events

    Avg. salary: $66,321

    A manager of special events is responsible for organizing events and programs for a company and various organizations. Managers of special events monitor the event procedures from conceptualization to the actual execution. They analyze the event purpose, manage participants' list, coordinate with suppliers for resources, allocate budget accurately, and ensure that the program outlines and agendas are polished on time. A manager of special events must have excellent communication and organizational skills to deliver a successful event and resolve complications as they arise.
    13,322 Manager Of Special Events Jobs
    Public Safety Dispatcher

    Avg. salary: $40,311

    A public safety dispatcher is primarily responsible for handling emergency or non-emergency calls from the public. They are in charge of identifying the caller's needs calmly and proactively, dispatching law enforcement officers or emergency responders at the scene in a timely and efficient manner. They must operate communications equipment, manage schedules, and quickly adapt to any situation as the calls can be unpredictable and critical. Furthermore, as a public safety dispatcher, it is essential to maintain records of all calls and interactions, adhering to the organization's policies and regulations at all times.
    17,872 Public Safety Dispatcher Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Communications Officers The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a communications officer, being employed by a company such as Inter-American Development Bank or Popular would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Investors Bank and Zions Bancorporation also report highly competitive salaries for communications officers.
    Company

    Recently Added Communications Officer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Communications Officer
    Communications Officer
    Orange, CA
    Orange, CA
    06/30/2021
    06/30/2021
    $36,500
    $36,500
    06/30/2021
    Communications Officer 4-Tacoma #0850
    Communications Officer 4-Tacoma #0850
    Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma, WA
    06/25/2021
    06/25/2021
    $65,124
    $65,124
    06/25/2021
    Communications Officer 2-Bellevue #0081
    Communications Officer 2-Bellevue #0081
    Ione, WA
    Ione, WA
    06/22/2021
    06/22/2021
    $53,448
    $53,448
    06/22/2021
    Communications Officer)
    Communications Officer)
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati, OH
    06/22/2021
    06/22/2021
    $40,697
    $40,697
    06/22/2021
    Communications Officer
    Communications Officer
    Norwich, CT
    Norwich, CT
    06/19/2021
    06/19/2021
    $48,000
    $48,000
    06/19/2021
    E911 Communications Officer II
    E911 Communications Officer II
    Centerville, GA
    Centerville, GA
    06/17/2021
    06/17/2021
    $41,167
    $41,167
    06/17/2021
    Police Communications Officer I
    Police Communications Officer I
    Canyon, TX
    Canyon, TX
    06/16/2021
    06/16/2021
    $29,343
    $29,343
    06/16/2021
    Communications Officer (911 Dispatch)
    Communications Officer (911 Dispatch)
    Rowlett, TX
    Rowlett, TX
    06/14/2021
    06/14/2021
    $38,776
    $38,776
    06/14/2021
    **Gwinnett County Local Communications Officer July Event**
    **Gwinnett County Local Communications Officer July Event**
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Lawrenceville, GA
    06/09/2021
    06/09/2021
    $35,790
    $35,790
    06/09/2021
    **Gwinnett County Local Communications Officer July Event**
    **Gwinnett County Local Communications Officer July Event**
    Nunez, GA
    Nunez, GA
    06/08/2021
    06/08/2021
    $35,790
    $35,790
    06/08/2021

    Average Communications Officer Salary by Demographic

    Communications Officer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $43,042
    female-income
    Female Income
    $42,918
    Median Communications Officer Income by Race
    Asian communications officers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown communications officers have the lowest average salary at $39,205.
    $52,000
    $49,000
    $46,000
    $43,000
    $40,000
    $37,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$42,516
    Black or African American$42,291
    Asian$49,431
    Unknown$39,205
    Hispanic or Latino$41,456
    Average Communications Officer Salary by Education Level
    Communications officers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $46,655 annually. With a Bachelors degree, communications officers earn a median annual income of $42,918 compared to $36,279 for communications officers with an Doctorate degree.
    $49,000
    $46,000
    $43,000
    $40,000
    $37,000
    $34,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$42,918
    Master's Degree$46,655
    Doctorate Degree$36,279