Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $105,560.96* *Based on the 2018 average.
3,447 EMPLOYEES
$353.63M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 75th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 3,447 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $84,565.

Government Public Affairs jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Public Affairs job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions responsible for administering, supervising, or performing work involved in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between Federal agencies and the general public and various other pertinent publics including internal or external, foreign or domestic audiences. Positions in this occupation advise agency management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, and identify and carry out the public communication requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions. The work involves identifying communication needs and developing informational materials that inform appropriate publics of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities, and plan, execute, and evaluate the effectiveness of information and communication programs in furthering agency goals. Work in the occupation requires skills in written and oral communication, analysis, and interpersonal relations.

Administrative and Management positions have a wide range of responsibilities. Management does not refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing. For employees in this job category, promotions are typically given 2 grade increments at a time until GS-12 is reached.

Agencies that have hired a Public Affairs Worker

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 262 $84,564.97
Forest Service 259 $84,127.92
Environmental Protection Agency 191 $114,634.29
Department of State 154 $112,131.94
Social Security Administration 151 $103,606.67
Internal Revenue Service 137 $119,490.99
Small Business Administration 136 $78,799.51
Bureau of Land Management 113 $91,890.04
Federal Emergency Management Agency 98 $97,138.22
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 97 $100,312.74
Federal Bureau of Investigation 80 $123,637.91
Natural Resources Conservation Service 77 $88,812.77
National Institutes of Health 75 $122,801.92
Department of Energy 74 $102,240.58
National Park Service 66 $94,164.79
Food and Drug Administration 57 $112,237.30
Rural Housing Service 43 $84,388.07
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 40 $110,175.60
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 38 $117,556.63
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 35 $111,677.60
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 34 $121,217.41
Transportation Security Administration 32 $104,651.56
Health Resources and Services Administration 31 $116,257.06
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 31 $115,337.16
Food and Nutrition Service 30 $109,765.83
Bureau of Reclamation 30 $92,061.63
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 29 $113,130.57
Office of Public Affairs 27 $123,498.33
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 26 $134,268.35
Bureau of the Census 23 $102,690.39
John F. Kennedy Space Center 23 $89,897.57
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $95,207.57
Goddard Space Flight Center 21 $115,179.57
National Institute of Standards and Technology 20 $114,172.85
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 20 $123,774.35
Drug Enforcement Administration 19 $129,294.78
Geological Survey 19 $100,925.95
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 19 $113,029.42
Federal Election Commission 18 $109,754.28
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $106,652.78
National Archives and Records Administration 17 $95,125.41
Food Safety and Inspection Service 17 $99,687.82
Office of Communications and Outreach 17 $124,231.94
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $110,853.88
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $161,492.06
U.S. Mint 15 $113,265.67
Peace Corps 15 $71,814.40
Agency for International Development 15 $115,592.40
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $141,619.86
Offices, Boards and Divisions 14 $128,729.36
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 13 $116,049.23
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 13 $110,133.08
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 13 $120,897.62
Economic Research Service 13 $128,023.85
International Trade Administration 13 $99,871.31
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 11 $110,473.00
Farm Service Agency 11 $99,699.82
Administration for Children and Families 11 $109,658.09
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $129,364.70
National Science Foundation 10 $120,730.00
Headquarters, Nasa 10 $149,656.40
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 10 $105,214.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 10 $116,333.20
Office of Justice Programs 10 $118,665.90
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 9 $114,920.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 9 $134,865.44
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $118,304.56
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 9 $127,316.00
Agricultural Research Service 9 $112,910.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 9 $120,989.89
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $109,949.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 8 $121,233.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $102,402.63
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $116,145.25
Indian Health Service 8 $91,515.38
National Agricultural Statistics Service 8 $78,870.38
Langley Research Center 7 $96,497.00
Office of Personnel Management 7 $102,535.86
Patent and Trademark Office 7 $92,168.29
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $122,102.29
Executive Office for Immigration Review 7 $125,889.43
Office of Comptroller of Currency 7 $157,205.57
Federal Trade Commission 7 $133,380.57
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $133,419.83
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $127,869.17
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 6 $145,410.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $128,423.83
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $121,286.67
National Cemetery Administration 6 $100,985.33
Federal Communications Commission 6 $132,804.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $156,619.83
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $128,755.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $105,011.50
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 6 $112,972.33
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $113,528.20
Administration for Community Living 5 $128,136.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $156,260.80
U.S. Secret Service 5 $126,814.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $142,899.60
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $113,780.80
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $124,851.20
Federal Transit Administration 5 $115,598.80
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $110,191.20
Maritime Administration 5 $102,990.60
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $119,307.60
Risk Management Agency 5 $90,002.60
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 5 $124,184.80
Federal Student Aid 5 $135,293.00
Ames Research Center 5 $116,123.80
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 5 $176,931.20
Economic Development Administration 4 $123,815.75
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $152,632.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $89,920.00
Presidio Trust 4 $140,000.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $126,083.75
Office of National Drug Control Policy 4 $88,959.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $133,089.75
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $105,924.25
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $118,851.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $113,166.00
Federal Highway Administration 3 $139,613.33
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $121,358.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $133,626.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $142,617.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $93,052.33
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $81,922.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $117,615.67
National Gallery of Art 3 $107,661.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $108,585.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $130,387.50
Selective Service System 2 $128,684.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $151,869.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $84,348.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2 $120,474.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $128,824.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $103,408.50
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $127,157.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $138,077.50
Election Assistance Commission 2 $140,758.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 2 $126,190.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $128,655.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $152,951.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $152,876.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $104,462.50
Government Printing Office 2 $140,435.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $106,208.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $77,626.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $105,660.00
National Labor Relations Board 2 $81,093.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $129,604.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $134,133.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $129,919.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $107,178.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $145,629.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $76,980.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $163,400.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $145,629.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $115,755.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $98,323.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $162,900.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $131,767.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $123,223.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $198,081.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $124,223.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $149,337.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $131,833.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $138,758.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $113,755.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $160,123.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $102,739.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $130,435.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $116,914.00
Departmental Offices 1 $140,318.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $161,900.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $93,008.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $115,461.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $191,250.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $154,730.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $131,767.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $101,116.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $117,186.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Human Resolution & Administration 1 $153,730.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $224,953.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $126,688.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $158,312.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $120,074.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $163,900.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $123,623.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $161,900.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental & International Affairs 1 $153,730.00
Office of the Director 1 $187,000.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $131,457.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $124,223.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $154,734.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $110,595.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $55,431.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $161,900.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $105,560.96. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $228,757 in 2018.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,151
ZA - Administrative 50
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 44
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 31
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 24
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 24
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 15
ES - Senior Executive Service 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 12
IT - 7
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 6
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 6
CG - Corporate Graded 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
FO - Foreign Service Officers 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,233.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management
Occupation Family: 1000 INFORMATION AND ARTS GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Public Affairs jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Electronics TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Language SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Agricultural Commodity GradingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Public AffairsAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Public Affairs Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $105,561 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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