Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $86,728.94* *Based on the 2006 average.
2,854 EMPLOYEES
$247.26M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 82nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 2,854 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $69,726.

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 273 $69,726.30
Social Security Administration 184 $86,930.67
Department of State 156 $87,096.65
Internal Revenue Service 153 $93,225.25
Environmental Protection Agency 153 $89,835.44
Veterans Health Administration 105 $75,837.90
Bureau of Land Management 94 $75,271.16
Natural Resources Conservation Service 93 $69,588.89
Department of Energy 88 $92,853.85
National Institutes of Health 68 $95,154.06
Food and Drug Administration 58 $91,818.55
Federal Emergency Management Agency 56 $78,648.54
National Park Service 54 $76,583.22
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 46 $86,361.46
Federal Bureau of Investigation 39 $86,122.51
Rural Housing Service 38 $66,941.21
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 37 $100,612.59
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 34 $76,221.91
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 34 $91,647.06
Food and Nutrition Service 31 $90,185.35
Bureau of Reclamation 29 $74,671.93
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 28 $95,776.21
Office of Public Affairs 27 $110,875.93
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 27 $96,009.19
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 26 $66,223.54
Small Business Administration 25 $87,866.40
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $77,401.58
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 22 $102,237.73
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 22 $100,464.23
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 21 $87,459.33
Federal Aviation Administration 21 $115,746.19
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $81,598.26
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $87,148.21
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $77,909.47
Bureau of the Census 19 $79,586.58
Headquarters, Nasa 19 $99,456.26
John F. Kennedy Space Center 18 $80,069.39
Agricultural Research Service 18 $85,853.61
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 18 $109,074.61
Federal Election Commission 17 $67,218.71
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $104,167.88
Geological Survey 16 $86,957.56
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $62,934.86
Farm Service Agency 14 $81,514.29
National Institute of Standards and Technology 14 $102,513.43
Transportation Security Administration 14 $103,721.57
Office of Communications and Outreach 13 $101,737.00
Agency for International Development 13 $85,667.00
Office of Citizen Services and Communicatns 12 $84,304.75
U.S. Coast Guard 12 $81,651.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 11 $90,700.91
U.S. Mint 11 $85,644.91
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 11 $113,208.09
Offices, Boards and Divisions 11 $103,640.36
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 $116,534.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 9 $89,374.44
Office of Comptroller of Currency 8 $100,057.75
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $103,404.25
Economic Research Service 8 $106,188.75
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 8 $101,773.75
Office of Justice Programs 8 $97,795.25
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 8 $94,444.50
Administration for Children and Families 8 $103,188.50
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 8 $101,891.50
National Science Foundation 8 $94,098.13
Ames Research Center 8 $101,013.38
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $84,838.25
Langley Research Center 8 $84,881.38
National Cemetery Administration 7 $71,745.43
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $116,335.57
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 7 $95,476.86
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 7 $105,758.29
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 7 $85,807.86
Economic Development Administration 7 $85,712.14
Peace Corps 7 $69,684.43
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $92,863.14
Office of National Drug Control Policy 6 $82,804.00
Maritime Administration 6 $92,311.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 6 $103,532.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 6 $102,055.33
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $79,103.67
National Endowment for the Humanities 6 $89,333.83
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $111,793.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 6 $91,328.83
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $97,272.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $94,382.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $71,547.40
Office of Personnel Management 5 $110,706.40
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $99,399.20
U.S. Marshals Service 5 $90,978.80
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 5 $93,218.80
Federal Communications Commission 5 $103,485.60
Federal Trade Commission 5 $93,886.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $122,149.80
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $101,594.20
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $93,661.20
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $95,225.50
Indian Health Service 4 $97,313.50
National Capital Planning Commission 4 $86,564.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 4 $65,159.50
Selective Service System 4 $106,473.75
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $114,521.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $105,281.75
Federal Transit Administration 4 $81,803.50
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $80,605.25
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $96,074.67
Office of the Director 3 $111,353.00
Departmental Offices 3 $80,437.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $91,358.67
Risk Management Agency 3 $96,975.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 3 $84,235.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $132,444.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $74,004.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 3 $91,738.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $91,351.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $127,596.33
National Gallery of Art 3 $101,746.67
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $87,405.67
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $111,718.67
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $84,148.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $145,330.00
National Mediation Board 2 $95,190.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $74,363.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $104,141.50
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $81,801.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $115,590.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $101,396.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $92,587.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $84,194.00
Program Support Center 2 $109,632.50
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $116,577.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $95,977.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $108,721.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $107,615.50
Financial Management Service 2 $100,547.00
International-American Foundation 2 $83,270.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $119,355.00
Government Printing Office 2 $66,132.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $133,216.00
Departmental Administration 1 $121,856.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $139,774.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $95,398.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $117,155.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $94,454.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $118,828.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $156,262.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $113,259.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $79,931.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $77,353.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $77,353.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $134,853.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 1 $85,086.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $109,687.00
Presidio Trust 1 $82,597.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $143,279.00
Technology Administration 1 $113,953.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $62,000.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $56,084.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $115,108.00
International Trade Administration 1 $77,353.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $125,439.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $109,687.00
Indian Affairs 1 $62,363.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $129,023.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $100,547.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $56,082.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $97,000.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $139,774.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $118,828.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $103,594.00
National Council on Disability 1 $121,856.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $95,398.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $117,119.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $106,641.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $118,828.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $114,496.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $135,030.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $129,023.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $136,191.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $129,023.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $86,728.94. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $180,854 in 2006.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,640
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 50
ZA - Administrative 22
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 19
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 14
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 13
ES - Senior Executive Service 12
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 7
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 5
SL - Senior Level Positions 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 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
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 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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