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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $83,512.73* *Based on the 2005 average.
2,920 EMPLOYEES
$243.61M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 84th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 2,920 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $66,601.

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 294 $66,600.93
Social Security Administration 214 $81,573.29
Internal Revenue Service 156 $88,184.81
Department of State 155 $82,184.22
Environmental Protection Agency 154 $85,670.75
Bureau of Land Management 101 $74,534.05
Natural Resources Conservation Service 101 $66,444.77
Veterans Health Administration 96 $76,851.96
Department of Energy 93 $92,096.63
Food and Drug Administration 65 $88,719.46
National Institutes of Health 57 $94,892.70
National Park Service 52 $73,137.88
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 45 $83,106.40
Rural Housing Service 39 $60,721.59
Federal Bureau of Investigation 39 $83,131.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 37 $85,347.46
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 34 $98,163.47
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 34 $71,455.94
Food and Nutrition Service 33 $83,270.30
Bureau of Reclamation 30 $73,444.07
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 29 $93,595.38
Office of Public Affairs 28 $107,096.18
Federal Emergency Management Agency 26 $89,338.85
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 26 $85,925.80
Small Business Administration 24 $86,864.58
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $61,496.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $75,614.46
Federal Aviation Administration 23 $113,117.13
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 23 $93,467.00
Headquarters, Nasa 23 $95,263.22
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $79,983.70
Agricultural Research Service 20 $82,029.75
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 20 $107,064.45
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 20 $95,299.85
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $84,385.35
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $75,873.75
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $79,523.53
Goddard Space Flight Center 18 $81,704.39
Bureau of the Census 17 $81,734.18
Transportation Security Administration 17 $95,933.59
Federal Election Commission 17 $68,754.12
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 16 $103,258.67
Farm Service Agency 16 $79,597.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $93,872.69
Geological Survey 15 $88,632.67
National Institute of Standards and Technology 15 $100,669.47
Agency for International Development 14 $87,196.93
Office of Communications and Outreach 14 $95,704.43
Offices, Boards and Divisions 13 $95,658.38
Office of Citizen Services and Communicatns 13 $86,236.46
National Archives and Records Administration 12 $61,117.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 12 $91,573.42
Peace Corps 10 $64,286.70
U.S. Mint 10 $77,705.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 10 $101,408.40
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 10 $82,394.40
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 10 $86,937.60
U.S. Coast Guard 10 $82,306.70
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 $111,284.70
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 9 $98,115.56
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $100,971.22
Foreign Agricultural Service 9 $96,862.44
Economic Research Service 9 $99,372.33
Ames Research Center 9 $106,017.44
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $85,022.89
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 8 $80,044.88
Economic Development Administration 8 $81,386.75
Office of Justice Programs 8 $95,762.63
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 8 $88,585.25
National Science Foundation 8 $88,724.25
Langley Research Center 8 $80,748.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 8 $97,214.50
Administration for Children and Families 8 $97,535.13
National Cemetery Administration 7 $72,433.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 7 $108,301.57
Federal Highway Administration 6 $95,039.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 6 $86,814.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 6 $102,373.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $106,607.67
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $96,980.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $92,366.50
U.S. Marshals Service 6 $87,836.83
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $108,250.83
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $99,832.17
Office of Personnel Management 6 $96,269.17
Office of National Drug Control Policy 6 $76,369.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $96,709.50
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $106,837.20
Maritime Administration 5 $97,583.40
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 5 $109,473.20
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $89,399.60
Agricultural Marketing Service 5 $77,505.20
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $115,945.80
Federal Communications Commission 5 $98,072.40
Armed Forces Retirement Home 4 $57,934.75
National Gallery of Art 4 $90,157.25
Selective Service System 4 $102,201.25
Federal Transit Administration 4 $75,274.50
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $85,997.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $78,407.25
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $99,422.00
Federal Trade Commission 4 $111,343.75
Indian Health Service 4 $92,786.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $67,351.00
National Capital Planning Commission 4 $82,520.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $92,755.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $124,638.33
Office of the Director 3 $107,420.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $86,667.33
Offices of the Regional Administrators 3 $87,512.33
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $116,834.67
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $80,002.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $78,105.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $108,127.00
Departmental Offices 3 $90,562.33
U.S. Secret Service 3 $73,685.67
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $107,026.00
Risk Management Agency 3 $94,087.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $140,898.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $85,633.33
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $112,705.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $115,392.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $78,891.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $67,312.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $107,517.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $59,073.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $112,035.50
Technology Administration 2 $92,068.50
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 2 $109,279.50
International Trade Administration 2 $77,100.50
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 2 $64,871.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 2 $56,754.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $70,145.50
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $91,314.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $103,091.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $92,443.00
International-American Foundation 2 $78,208.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $78,288.00
Indian Affairs 1 $55,595.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $117,809.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $108,990.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $121,274.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $114,882.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $92,228.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $114,882.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $87,244.00
National Council on Disability 1 $117,809.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $140,530.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $109,737.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $88,369.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $114,882.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $107,413.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $130,128.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 1 $79,766.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $103,098.00
Presidio Trust 1 $79,706.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $128,968.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $103,947.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $128,205.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $54,219.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $110,008.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $121,274.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $135,136.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $79,237.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $107,417.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $135,136.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $114,882.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $103,098.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $126,977.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $92,228.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $64,981.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $97,206.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $140,300.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $110,843.00
Financial Management Service 1 $106,044.00
Program Support Center 1 $84,751.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $107,922.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $121,274.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $79,500.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $103,098.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $100,152.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $83,512.73. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $175,000 in 2005.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,690
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 66
ZA - Administrative 25
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 19
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 18
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
ES - Senior Executive Service 11
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 10
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 8
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 6
SL - Senior Level Positions 5
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
FJ - Officials On Noncareer Appointments 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
CG - Corporate Graded 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 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,930 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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