Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $101,921.80* *Based on the 2016 average.
3,507 EMPLOYEES
$356.83M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 77th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 3,507 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $81,324.

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
Forest Service 262 $81,324.49
Veterans Health Administration 245 $81,935.40
Environmental Protection Agency 177 $110,914.54
Internal Revenue Service 158 $112,618.00
Social Security Administration 150 $99,688.38
Small Business Administration 135 $75,468.30
Bureau of Land Management 113 $86,872.43
Federal Emergency Management Agency 87 $96,030.49
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 87 $94,908.20
National Institutes of Health 83 $115,254.12
Natural Resources Conservation Service 82 $83,955.96
Department of Energy 80 $105,915.65
Federal Bureau of Investigation 67 $101,621.30
Food and Drug Administration 66 $107,766.33
National Park Service 63 $88,600.44
Rural Housing Service 46 $78,895.46
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 37 $92,937.19
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 37 $114,319.81
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 37 $108,035.97
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 37 $100,783.49
Food and Nutrition Service 35 $101,103.77
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 31 $110,135.55
Health Resources and Services Administration 30 $111,193.97
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $123,112.86
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $85,538.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 25 $119,759.96
Office of Public Affairs 24 $110,607.75
Transportation Security Administration 24 $110,701.42
John F. Kennedy Space Center 23 $87,507.65
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $90,295.91
Food Safety and Inspection Service 23 $86,581.26
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $112,761.96
Bureau of the Census 21 $97,581.29
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 21 $116,723.76
Peace Corps 20 $63,034.60
Federal Election Commission 20 $98,290.70
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 20 $109,139.15
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 19 $106,819.68
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $114,525.39
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 18 $98,181.17
Federal Aviation Administration 17 $150,129.71
Geological Survey 17 $99,204.88
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 16 $105,204.63
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 16 $111,529.31
U.S. Mint 15 $93,431.07
National Institute of Standards and Technology 15 $110,512.73
Headquarters, Nasa 14 $138,095.43
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $129,462.71
Drug Enforcement Administration 14 $124,584.07
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 13 $101,301.85
U.S. Coast Guard 13 $107,918.54
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 13 $108,663.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 13 $121,742.23
Economic Research Service 13 $114,371.62
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $113,860.08
National Science Foundation 12 $105,760.00
Agency for International Development 12 $114,020.00
National Archives and Records Administration 11 $81,680.55
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $123,557.30
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $111,742.22
Agricultural Research Service 9 $97,364.56
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $106,657.89
Langley Research Center 9 $105,630.33
Farm Service Agency 9 $99,023.89
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 9 $110,017.25
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $109,465.00
Office of Justice Programs 9 $109,971.44
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 8 $107,908.63
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $108,398.13
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $107,089.75
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $106,340.63
Indian Health Service 8 $96,900.00
National Cemetery Administration 8 $97,026.25
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $93,254.00
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $119,096.00
Federal Trade Commission 7 $125,887.43
Risk Management Agency 7 $91,222.86
Office of Personnel Management 7 $101,824.86
International Trade Administration 7 $90,818.86
Federal Communications Commission 7 $119,440.00
Patent and Trademark Office 7 $85,234.43
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $112,488.57
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $0.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $128,329.33
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 6 $92,149.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $116,904.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 6 $163,393.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 6 $140,125.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $119,666.33
National Endowment for the Arts 6 $106,251.83
Administration for Community Living 6 $90,111.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $98,773.67
Federal Highway Administration 5 $132,033.80
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $112,721.40
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $129,278.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $144,519.20
Federal Transit Administration 5 $105,459.80
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $106,490.20
Maritime Administration 5 $100,206.60
Administration for Children and Families 5 $117,973.60
Millennium Challenge Corporation 5 $108,428.80
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $108,028.60
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $121,377.25
Economic Development Administration 4 $118,068.25
National Gallery of Art 4 $125,297.75
Ames Research Center 4 $96,903.25
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $125,786.25
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $114,319.00
Selective Service System 4 $132,941.25
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $132,492.75
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $120,221.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $86,177.00
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $104,262.67
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $91,630.33
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $130,943.00
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $99,285.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $97,516.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $126,879.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $99,597.33
National Credit Union Administration 3 $147,353.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $64,650.33
International-American Foundation 3 $110,414.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $176,988.33
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $116,960.33
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $78,335.00
Office of the Director 2 $157,573.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $92,230.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $121,991.00
Departmental Offices 2 $100,692.00
National Labor Relations Board 2 $90,834.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $92,337.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $119,086.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $132,580.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $130,040.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $97,529.00
Election Assistance Commission 2 $117,972.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $121,468.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $96,702.00
Trade and Development Agency 2 $92,337.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $123,174.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $83,259.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $127,566.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $127,001.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $111,211.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $127,246.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $144,630.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $149,111.50
Government Printing Office 2 $123,424.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $94,428.50
Veteran Employment Services Office 2 $110,131.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $133,604.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $179,962.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $139,523.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $112,014.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $90,823.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $159,200.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $143,079.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $139,523.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $158,700.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
National Council on Disability 1 $99,905.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $147,288.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $125,213.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $158,700.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $151,496.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $105,960.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $158,700.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental & International Affairs 1 $138,871.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $115,166.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $130,041.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $118,069.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $99,759.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $106,315.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $139,523.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $105,960.00
Presidio Trust 1 $128,000.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $107,325.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $90,823.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $70,692.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $122,497.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $89,110.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $183,576.00
Denali Commission 1 $81,779.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $198,049.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $158,900.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $108,497.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $155,705.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $151,799.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $118,057.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $101,921.80. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $229,333 in 2016.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,196
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 56
ZA - Administrative 51
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 27
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 23
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 23
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 18
ES - Senior Executive Service 16
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
CG - Corporate Graded 5
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 5
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1

Starting Paygrade: $25,514.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / 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
IllustratingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Agricultural Commodity GradingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Exhibits SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Public Affairs Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $101,922 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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