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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $89,498.09* *Based on the 2007 average.
2,855 EMPLOYEES
$255.16M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 83rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 2,855 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $72,111.

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 257 $72,110.78
Social Security Administration 174 $89,103.03
Environmental Protection Agency 162 $92,580.47
Department of State 156 $89,168.85
Internal Revenue Service 153 $97,432.71
Veterans Health Administration 126 $75,710.25
Bureau of Land Management 92 $77,013.27
Department of Energy 86 $95,167.14
Natural Resources Conservation Service 81 $73,565.83
National Institutes of Health 73 $96,213.79
Federal Emergency Management Agency 67 $78,025.12
Food and Drug Administration 58 $95,458.86
National Park Service 48 $79,249.31
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 46 $91,423.48
Federal Bureau of Investigation 38 $89,603.61
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 36 $99,022.22
Rural Housing Service 35 $69,000.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 35 $92,333.71
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 34 $104,081.88
Customs and Border Protection 32 $96,137.91
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 31 $78,117.74
Food and Nutrition Service 30 $92,463.00
Bureau of Reclamation 29 $80,826.93
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 25 $79,527.36
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 25 $97,992.40
Office of Public Affairs 25 $115,280.00
Small Business Administration 24 $91,884.08
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $71,013.33
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 22 $90,643.27
Federal Aviation Administration 21 $120,859.52
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $81,730.05
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $91,638.32
Agricultural Research Service 18 $89,562.11
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 18 $113,405.67
Food Safety and Inspection Service 18 $75,516.22
Headquarters, Nasa 18 $101,464.33
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 18 $101,689.61
Bureau of the Census 17 $85,400.00
National Science Foundation 17 $104,431.65
John F. Kennedy Space Center 16 $84,014.81
Geological Survey 16 $99,270.06
Federal Election Commission 16 $74,606.13
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $108,346.13
Transportation Security Administration 15 $99,242.33
Office of Communications and Outreach 14 $103,461.21
Farm Service Agency 13 $84,012.62
Offices, Boards and Divisions 13 $101,344.85
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $67,673.00
Economic Research Service 12 $98,370.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 12 $102,283.75
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 12 $120,497.83
U.S. Agency for International Development 11 $92,310.18
Citizenship and Immigration Services 11 $106,363.09
U.S. Coast Guard 11 $86,329.18
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology 11 $88,364.27
U.S. Mint 10 $87,092.90
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 10 $95,490.90
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 10 $124,646.20
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 9 $94,204.11
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 9 $94,082.89
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $97,402.25
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 8 $83,216.50
Administration for Children and Families 8 $104,026.38
Office of Justice Programs 8 $94,896.25
Health Resources and Services Administration 8 $110,528.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $88,991.63
Peace Corps 8 $65,540.75
Office of Comptroller of Currency 8 $109,253.63
Agricultural Marketing Service 7 $78,805.43
Economic Development Administration 7 $89,411.14
Patent and Trademark Office 7 $109,490.29
Langley Research Center 7 $87,781.43
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $98,414.14
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 7 $100,737.57
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 7 $110,445.71
Ames Research Center 7 $104,951.14
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $119,766.29
National Cemetery Administration 7 $77,057.43
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 6 $85,739.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 6 $88,443.17
Maritime Administration 6 $90,164.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $103,179.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 6 $101,403.67
Federal Trade Commission 6 $92,152.83
Risk Management Agency 5 $78,932.20
National Endowment for the Humanities 5 $87,995.20
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $111,464.20
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $73,938.20
Office of Personnel Management 5 $118,048.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $102,299.60
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $103,277.20
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 5 $95,080.60
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $98,394.80
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $97,294.20
U.S. Marshals Service 5 $90,659.60
Federal Communications Commission 5 $108,655.40
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $97,276.75
Indian Health Service 4 $101,897.25
Armed Forces Retirement Home 4 $64,694.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $127,615.25
National Gallery of Art 4 $95,327.00
Selective Service System 4 $112,191.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $110,377.25
Federal Transit Administration 4 $85,624.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 4 $102,951.00
Departmental Offices 4 $75,143.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $104,590.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $80,425.67
Government Printing Office 3 $95,222.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $94,357.67
Offices of the Regional Administrators 3 $88,981.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $88,279.00
National Capital Planning Commission 3 $98,771.00
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $93,398.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $88,753.33
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $104,347.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $93,968.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $101,836.00
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $81,363.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $138,033.67
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $79,570.50
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $72,828.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $107,377.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $101,640.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $105,400.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $81,402.00
Financial Management Service 2 $104,768.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $100,077.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $111,867.00
National Mediation Board 2 $98,819.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $117,276.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $160,063.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $96,236.00
Office of the Director 2 $128,902.00
Office of Special Counsel 2 $112,757.50
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 2 $75,729.00
Program Support Center 2 $112,533.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $106,331.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $112,586.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $121,967.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $123,836.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $139,114.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $136,412.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $120,120.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $115,308.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $137,755.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $145,400.00
International-American Foundation 1 $95,279.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $75,000.00
National Council on Disability 1 $132,435.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $121,967.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $132,435.00
Community Relations Service 1 $137,992.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $121,967.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $146,471.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $164,530.00
Presidio Trust 1 $87,392.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $48,363.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $92,085.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $121,399.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $106,331.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $143,471.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $139,793.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $143,471.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $121,967.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $93,822.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $115,713.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 1 $149,500.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $128,757.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $136,114.00
Departmental Administration 1 $128,757.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $100,077.00
Technology Administration 1 $116,963.00
International Trade Administration 1 $82,044.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $114,042.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $143,471.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $97,926.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $114,496.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $89,498.09. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $178,888 in 2007.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,629
ZA - Administrative 48
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 39
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 18
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 17
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 14
ES - Senior Executive Service 12
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 8
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
SL - Senior Level Positions 4
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,184.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $109,552 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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