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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $93,285.56* *Based on the 2008 average.
2,913 EMPLOYEES
$271.65M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 84th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 2,913 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $75,000.

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 251 $75,000.16
Social Security Administration 173 $91,518.20
Environmental Protection Agency 161 $95,490.39
Veterans Health Administration 157 $76,769.59
Internal Revenue Service 151 $102,619.10
Department of State 138 $95,444.17
Bureau of Land Management 99 $81,147.33
National Institutes of Health 83 $100,482.24
Department of Energy 82 $98,033.30
Natural Resources Conservation Service 79 $76,748.20
Federal Emergency Management Agency 68 $86,857.94
Food and Drug Administration 61 $102,400.74
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 48 $94,129.48
National Park Service 46 $84,418.70
Federal Bureau of Investigation 41 $91,946.27
Rural Housing Service 41 $71,596.17
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 38 $100,464.50
Customs and Border Protection 37 $96,781.86
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 35 $106,839.11
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 35 $81,357.77
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 34 $97,647.24
Food and Nutrition Service 33 $94,677.45
Bureau of Reclamation 32 $83,866.94
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 30 $97,685.53
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 26 $76,578.42
Office of Public Affairs 25 $118,099.12
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $84,067.83
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 23 $90,282.65
Small Business Administration 23 $97,790.91
Federal Aviation Administration 21 $127,065.43
Goddard Space Flight Center 20 $90,227.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $81,736.05
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $92,516.05
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 19 $105,034.42
Bureau of the Census 18 $94,930.67
Headquarters, Nasa 18 $108,905.94
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 18 $114,989.06
Food Safety and Inspection Service 18 $85,492.11
U.S. Agency for International Development 17 $99,911.12
Geological Survey 17 $97,496.12
National Science Foundation 16 $112,454.13
Federal Election Commission 16 $80,277.69
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 15 $114,618.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 15 $101,839.07
Drug Enforcement Administration 15 $114,868.67
Office of Communications and Outreach 15 $110,546.53
Agricultural Research Service 14 $92,514.29
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $69,756.00
Transportation Security Administration 14 $107,770.43
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology 13 $93,299.08
U.S. Mint 13 $89,449.31
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 13 $96,299.62
U.S. Coast Guard 13 $88,285.23
Economic Research Service 12 $108,494.17
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 11 $102,612.82
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 11 $89,132.27
Farm Service Agency 11 $89,621.82
National Institute of Standards and Technology 11 $107,926.91
Office of Comptroller of Currency 10 $117,359.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 10 $132,257.80
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 10 $104,285.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $90,931.22
Langley Research Center 9 $90,455.22
Citizenship and Immigration Services 9 $113,508.44
Health Resources and Services Administration 8 $116,615.75
Ames Research Center 8 $102,209.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $98,244.38
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $83,696.71
Peace Corps 7 $71,489.14
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 7 $99,342.43
Administration for Children and Families 7 $109,148.29
National Cemetery Administration 7 $81,311.00
Maritime Administration 6 $96,819.67
Office of Justice Programs 6 $96,529.50
U.S. Marshals Service 6 $98,218.17
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 6 $109,349.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $120,979.17
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $114,134.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $87,979.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $105,018.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 6 $81,700.50
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $97,427.50
Risk Management Agency 5 $86,538.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $119,148.40
Economic Development Administration 5 $101,282.20
Office of National Drug Control Policy 5 $92,992.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $113,667.20
Federal Highway Administration 5 $104,497.20
Federal Communications Commission 5 $116,998.40
Federal Trade Commission 5 $109,412.60
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 4 $100,781.25
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $110,101.75
Office of Personnel Management 4 $134,089.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $138,120.25
Selective Service System 4 $116,999.75
Office of Secretary of Transportation 4 $110,680.50
Departmental Offices 4 $87,427.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $93,624.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 4 $105,417.75
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $103,329.50
Offices of the Regional Administrators 4 $98,594.75
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $145,408.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $137,320.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $97,737.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $94,444.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $74,337.67
National Capital Planning Commission 3 $104,974.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $73,659.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $99,820.00
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $109,940.67
Federal Transit Administration 3 $91,724.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $103,753.67
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $97,175.33
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $100,908.33
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $113,930.67
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $96,642.67
Indian Health Service 3 $106,292.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $85,198.00
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $112,037.33
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $124,175.00
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $126,516.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $115,440.00
Office of the Director 2 $137,168.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 2 $81,674.50
Government Printing Office 2 $93,631.00
National Mediation Board 2 $103,255.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $130,307.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $82,712.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $129,247.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $89,401.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2 $128,712.50
Financial Management Service 2 $113,255.50
Office of Thrift Supervision 2 $167,096.50
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $90,300.00
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $81,674.50
International Trade Administration 2 $73,915.50
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $113,164.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $109,997.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $104,568.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $88,209.50
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $146,071.00
Departmental Administration 1 $134,538.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $107,836.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $91,409.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $118,139.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $120,907.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $128,342.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $129,138.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $149,158.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $145,415.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $140,981.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $128,870.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $122,859.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $146,941.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $149,493.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $149,326.00
International-American Foundation 1 $102,323.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $78,366.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $91,259.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $149,000.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $105,088.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $122,242.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $139,383.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $127,442.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $173,235.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $94,025.00
Presidio Trust 1 $92,840.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $64,375.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $100,400.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $126,850.00
Program Support Center 1 $142,977.00
National Council on Disability 1 $138,383.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $127,442.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $146,071.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $149,000.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $127,442.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $138,383.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $93,285.56. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $189,198 in 2008.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,680
ZA - Administrative 46
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 29
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 23
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 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 13
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 10
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 7
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 6
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 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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