Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $80,178.94* *Based on the 2004 average.
2,905 EMPLOYEES
$232.2M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 86th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 2,905 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $64,174.

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 306 $64,174.15
Social Security Administration 173 $80,132.51
Internal Revenue Service 159 $84,656.68
Environmental Protection Agency 145 $82,054.05
Department of State 140 $77,403.04
Bureau of Land Management 101 $71,362.49
Department of Energy 96 $87,356.11
Natural Resources Conservation Service 96 $65,120.20
Veterans Health Administration 92 $72,935.18
Food and Drug Administration 67 $86,514.72
National Institutes of Health 55 $90,309.24
National Park Service 52 $71,258.13
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 50 $79,298.00
Rural Housing Service 40 $57,227.80
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 38 $80,597.71
Small Business Administration 36 $75,960.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 35 $78,286.51
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 34 $96,118.35
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 34 $84,823.94
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 30 $72,156.33
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 30 $91,559.20
Food and Nutrition Service 30 $80,031.45
Bureau of Reclamation 29 $73,864.72
Office of Public Affairs 28 $105,706.86
Federal Emergency Management Agency 27 $87,447.11
Federal Aviation Administration 25 $106,322.08
Headquarters, Nasa 24 $96,757.54
Food Safety and Inspection Service 24 $71,385.54
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $63,167.87
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 23 $80,516.17
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 22 $103,778.36
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 21 $95,451.62
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 21 $67,277.81
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $72,058.75
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $75,143.58
Agricultural Research Service 19 $77,254.37
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 18 $94,268.06
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 17 $86,659.35
Federal Election Commission 17 $64,747.53
Bureau of the Census 17 $82,431.12
National Institute of Standards and Technology 16 $94,921.13
Office of Citizen Services and Communicatns 16 $76,015.94
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 16 $88,016.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 16 $79,273.13
Transportation Security Administration 16 $91,393.38
Farm Service Agency 16 $75,988.38
Geological Survey 14 $83,992.14
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $55,139.15
Foreign Agricultural Service 13 $91,748.08
U.S. Coast Guard 13 $78,172.23
Agency for International Development 12 $80,681.83
Offices, Boards and Divisions 12 $88,870.25
Peace Corps 11 $65,683.27
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 11 $96,177.55
Ames Research Center 11 $94,141.09
Drug Enforcement Administration 11 $94,606.00
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 11 $102,131.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 11 $96,863.55
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 11 $106,631.73
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $86,191.90
U.S. Mint 10 $78,566.40
Federal Trade Commission 9 $91,791.67
Economic Research Service 9 $91,968.56
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 9 $85,224.89
Langley Research Center 8 $78,811.38
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 8 $62,976.25
Economic Development Administration 8 $76,851.88
Office of Justice Programs 8 $88,027.75
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $105,336.63
Administration for Children and Families 8 $93,141.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 8 $85,627.88
National Science Foundation 8 $90,240.13
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 7 $90,653.14
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 7 $81,176.14
Agricultural Marketing Service 7 $78,904.57
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 7 $77,480.86
National Cemetery Administration 7 $67,264.57
Office of National Drug Control Policy 7 $86,323.29
Federal Highway Administration 7 $86,038.14
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $90,087.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $111,290.60
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $99,437.33
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $93,041.67
U.S. Marshals Service 6 $81,849.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $95,062.83
Office of Personnel Management 5 $103,751.20
Federal Communications Commission 5 $92,826.40
Securities and Exchange Commission 5 $111,341.40
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 5 $78,668.20
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $101,314.00
Federal Transit Administration 5 $67,487.00
Maritime Administration 5 $90,681.40
Office of Comptroller of Currency 5 $90,352.60
Departmental Offices 5 $80,540.80
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 5 $102,319.20
National Endowment for the Humanities 5 $84,551.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 5 $92,682.60
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 5 $93,808.80
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $72,484.50
National Capital Planning Commission 4 $88,361.25
Railroad Retirement Board 4 $85,393.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $84,677.25
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 4 $103,430.50
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 4 $83,118.00
Indian Health Service 4 $92,748.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $91,585.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 4 $73,904.25
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $81,093.33
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $49,207.00
International Trade Administration 3 $65,480.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $67,716.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $119,374.67
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $54,253.50
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $102,253.33
Selective Service System 3 $104,014.33
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 3 $97,814.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 3 $108,256.33
Farm Credit Administration 3 $108,025.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $84,560.00
Office of the Director 3 $103,212.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 3 $70,622.33
Risk Management Agency 3 $89,901.67
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $85,729.33
Technology Administration 3 $99,353.67
U.S. Secret Service 2 $78,659.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 2 $57,658.50
Ous Border and Transportation Security 2 $94,054.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $81,596.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $98,273.00
International-American Foundation 2 $75,414.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 2 $97,451.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $120,868.50
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $80,079.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $82,308.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $75,561.50
Presidio Trust 2 $78,489.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $88,128.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 2 $85,384.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $109,846.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $93,124.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $107,934.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 1 $42,160.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $66,701.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $121,693.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $107,934.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $67,536.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $121,004.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $99,413.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 1 $102,253.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $52,279.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $102,868.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $123,622.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $116,939.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $76,738.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $100,781.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $126,963.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $130,305.00
Program Support Center 1 $81,973.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $122,410.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $110,775.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $86,531.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $97,661.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $123,091.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $60,638.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $105,658.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $96,572.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $100,660.00
Financial Management Service 1 $99,413.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $113,597.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $96,572.00
Interagency Council on the Homeless 1 $60,638.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $113,597.00
Community Relations Service 1 $0.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $105,094.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $110,775.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $57,104.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $130,305.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $107,934.00
National Council on Disability 1 $102,253.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 1 $34,184.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $100,231.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $102,295.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $80,178.94. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $156,360 in 2004.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,660
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 73
ZA - Administrative 28
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 19
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 19
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 15
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
ES - Senior Executive Service 13
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 11
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 10
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 5
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 4
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 3
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
FJ - Officials On Noncareer Appointments 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
EO - Fdic Executive Pay 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,915.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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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