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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $110,934.41* *Based on the 2020 average.
3,865 EMPLOYEES
$407.79M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 69th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 3,865 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $92,440.

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
Federal Emergency Management Agency 300 $92,439.50
Veterans Health Administration 296 $89,326.72
Forest Service 293 $87,876.35
Environmental Protection Agency 207 $120,057.90
Department of State 168 $119,546.44
Internal Revenue Service 151 $124,504.97
Social Security Administration 143 $114,596.64
Small Business Administration 122 $89,145.75
Bureau of Land Management 110 $95,343.54
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 93 $107,076.94
Federal Bureau of Investigation 86 $131,496.78
National Institutes of Health 83 $132,081.28
Department of Energy 73 $117,888.95
National Park Service 66 $96,925.83
Food and Drug Administration 60 $124,660.23
Natural Resources Conservation Service 58 $86,048.52
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 50 $139,677.75
Rural Housing Service 47 $84,523.96
Customs and Border Protection 43 $123,736.26
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 41 $125,442.73
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 40 $125,054.55
Transportation Security Administration 35 $107,670.37
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 35 $132,357.74
Bureau of Reclamation 33 $98,154.09
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 32 $118,290.81
Fpac Business Center 32 $116,019.84
John F. Kennedy Space Center 32 $93,769.09
Food and Nutrition Service 31 $119,432.74
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $139,553.83
Goddard Space Flight Center 28 $119,148.32
Health Resources and Services Administration 28 $134,789.89
Drug Enforcement Administration 27 $129,713.78
Office of Public Affairs 24 $137,605.17
Bureau of the Census 22 $116,691.45
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 22 $98,445.50
National Archives and Records Administration 21 $103,459.14
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 21 $130,348.05
Federal Election Commission 20 $115,921.60
Geological Survey 18 $109,967.56
Citizenship and Immigration Services 18 $137,508.72
U.S. Coast Guard 17 $107,963.82
National Science Foundation 17 $130,873.82
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $117,732.71
Office of Communications and Outreach 17 $136,523.59
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $151,228.50
U.S. Mint 16 $114,662.06
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 15 $126,449.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 15 $113,870.73
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 15 $122,577.40
Headquarters, Nasa 15 $134,284.53
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 14 $128,031.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 14 $138,965.21
Agricultural Research Service 13 $114,376.54
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 13 $120,947.85
Food Safety and Inspection Service 13 $96,029.69
U.S. Agency for International Development 13 $133,212.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 13 $166,126.15
Office of Communications and Marketing 13 $113,864.69
Indian Health Service 12 $96,107.42
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 12 $142,580.17
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 12 $115,099.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 12 $137,132.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 12 $157,103.42
Peace Corps 12 $81,668.58
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 11 $104,761.73
Ames Research Center 11 $115,530.73
Economic Research Service 11 $111,945.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 11 $131,995.45
Agricultural Marketing Service 10 $111,292.20
National Agricultural Statistics Service 10 $108,580.00
Administration for Children and Families 10 $126,557.30
U.S. Secret Service 10 $138,575.22
U.S. Marshals Service 10 $128,787.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $115,589.44
Economic Development Administration 9 $112,865.11
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 9 $144,819.33
Federal Student Aid 9 $127,308.33
Veterans Benefits Administration 9 $124,681.33
National Cemetery Administration 9 $114,818.33
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 8 $132,337.75
International Trade Administration 8 $113,835.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 8 $136,915.13
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $131,595.13
Executive Office for Immigration Review 8 $138,832.88
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $112,434.38
Presidio Trust 8 $116,247.88
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 7 $139,170.57
Office of Justice Programs 7 $132,392.14
Federal Trade Commission 7 $153,362.00
Langley Research Center 7 $103,471.43
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 7 $129,629.43
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $112,439.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $125,091.00
Maritime Administration 6 $116,012.00
Administration for Community Living 6 $141,347.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 6 $198,534.00
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $88,650.00
Minority Business Development Agency 6 $119,955.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 5 $149,143.00
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $125,715.80
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $130,112.60
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 5 $124,425.00
Office of Personnel Management 5 $119,673.80
Selective Service System 5 $110,149.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $158,709.60
Office of Comptroller of Currency 5 $168,372.80
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $150,821.60
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $161,534.00
Federal Highway Administration 4 $147,148.50
Federal Transit Administration 4 $125,521.25
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 4 $108,343.25
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $139,517.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $78,658.25
Federal Communications Commission 4 $135,912.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $118,208.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $130,045.25
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 3 $156,681.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $147,252.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $112,059.67
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $131,181.67
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 3 $146,180.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 3 $150,672.33
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 3 $92,651.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $126,653.00
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $129,150.33
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $119,890.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $73,910.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $120,633.33
Office of the Director 3 $153,383.67
Federal Housing Finance Agency 3 $174,538.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $137,027.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $142,577.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $142,726.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $133,506.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $164,254.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $97,024.00
Government Printing Office 2 $132,196.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $134,974.50
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 2 $130,728.50
Commission on Civil Rights 2 $81,098.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $189,789.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 2 $139,512.50
Election Assistance Commission 2 $75,000.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $86,335.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $118,471.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $131,017.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $132,219.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $162,232.50
Departmental Offices 2 $126,411.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $130,043.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $197,300.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $170,800.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $72,030.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $133,447.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $145,578.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $140,146.00
Appalachian Regional Commission 1 $84,034.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $0.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $157,709.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $152,052.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $127,053.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $141,840.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $170,800.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $125,360.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $100,727.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $170,800.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $123,198.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 1 $137,491.00
Indian Affairs 1 $76,810.00
National Council on Disability 1 $94,970.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $91,237.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $123,198.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $86,952.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $116,353.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $119,775.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $141,534.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 1 $97,848.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $129,404.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $109,508.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $133,447.00
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 1 $121,316.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $147,458.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $89,213.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $0.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $141,534.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $161,730.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $130,043.00
1 $125,360.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $152,856.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $157,709.00
Veterans Customer Exper (Vce) 1 $122,528.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental Affairs 1 $170,800.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $160,100.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $110,934.41. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $243,500 in 2020.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,368
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 117
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 84
ZA - Administrative 53
IT - Employees Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) Of The Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief 46
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 34
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 24
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 20
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 18
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 16
ES - Senior Executive Service 14
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 13
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 12
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 8
CG - Corporate Graded 6
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 6
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 5
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 4
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
VC - Canteen Service 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SW - Transportation Security Administration Executives 1
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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
Construction Control TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical Records AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Language ClericalClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Quality AssuranceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Audiovisual ProductionAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Public Affairs Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $110,934 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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