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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $96,911.93* *Based on the 2009 average.
3,050 EMPLOYEES
$295.1M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 86th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 3,050 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $78,846.

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 252 $78,846.18
Social Security Administration 189 $94,096.74
Environmental Protection Agency 175 $99,044.19
Veterans Health Administration 170 $79,461.57
Internal Revenue Service 163 $107,118.88
Department of State 133 $98,666.22
Bureau of Land Management 102 $83,537.22
Department of Energy 95 $101,228.90
Natural Resources Conservation Service 85 $78,354.47
National Institutes of Health 84 $106,121.29
Federal Emergency Management Agency 65 $94,773.80
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 60 $90,292.58
Food and Drug Administration 58 $106,958.57
Federal Bureau of Investigation 46 $94,746.46
National Park Service 44 $89,343.59
Rural Housing Service 41 $75,692.44
Customs and Border Protection 41 $98,028.95
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 40 $103,756.23
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 39 $111,673.54
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 36 $83,999.81
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 33 $105,003.15
Bureau of Reclamation 31 $87,462.35
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 30 $103,993.37
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 29 $81,805.69
Food and Nutrition Service 28 $99,370.21
Office of Public Affairs 24 $121,281.04
Small Business Administration 24 $104,494.75
Bureau of the Census 22 $92,890.95
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 22 $88,606.64
Food Safety and Inspection Service 22 $87,530.36
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 22 $97,481.32
Federal Aviation Administration 22 $136,472.36
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $97,605.65
Offices, Boards and Divisions 19 $105,719.58
Office of Communications and Outreach 19 $111,422.05
Federal Election Commission 19 $81,508.58
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $98,751.42
Headquarters, Nasa 18 $120,034.72
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 18 $110,620.56
Agricultural Research Service 17 $94,895.18
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 17 $95,089.88
Transportation Security Administration 17 $98,398.35
John F. Kennedy Space Center 17 $85,640.35
Economic Research Service 16 $114,058.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $116,583.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 15 $118,908.80
Geological Survey 15 $105,379.40
National Science Foundation 15 $120,831.20
Citizenship and Immigration Services 14 $116,539.07
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology 14 $94,387.57
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $107,211.77
Farm Service Agency 13 $94,502.15
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $75,135.85
U.S. Coast Guard 13 $95,009.54
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 12 $107,527.50
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 12 $103,329.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 12 $123,610.17
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 11 $107,392.09
U.S. Mint 11 $92,283.55
Departmental Offices 11 $81,552.82
Office of Comptroller of Currency 10 $123,348.70
Peace Corps 10 $74,313.90
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $95,746.56
Langley Research Center 9 $99,807.33
Ames Research Center 8 $108,565.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $97,926.63
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 8 $100,866.25
National Cemetery Administration 8 $85,631.13
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 8 $137,271.75
U.S. Marshals Service 8 $101,894.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $106,025.13
U.S. Agency for International Development 8 $100,766.75
Office of Justice Programs 7 $103,668.43
Health Resources and Services Administration 7 $119,201.86
Administration for Children and Families 7 $115,390.71
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $90,916.29
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $93,529.00
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $102,427.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 6 $110,848.83
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $117,750.00
Office of Personnel Management 6 $94,070.67
Risk Management Agency 5 $93,526.20
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $96,325.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $126,113.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $111,471.60
Export-Import Bank of the United States 5 $121,385.00
Federal Communications Commission 5 $123,994.00
Federal Trade Commission 5 $117,690.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $121,355.40
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $106,061.20
Federal Highway Administration 5 $109,993.80
Maritime Administration 5 $92,307.60
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $107,093.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $117,805.50
Economic Development Administration 4 $83,870.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $109,758.25
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $147,349.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $83,527.75
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $150,498.50
Selective Service System 4 $122,844.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $105,315.75
Indian Health Service 4 $106,085.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 4 $95,364.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $100,375.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $103,069.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $154,916.67
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $103,868.67
Offices of the Regional Administrators 3 $104,998.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $84,626.67
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $93,302.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $98,987.67
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $77,205.00
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $104,959.67
National Gallery of Art 3 $110,251.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $109,188.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $87,649.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $109,984.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $123,191.33
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 3 $128,886.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $91,229.00
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $118,702.33
U.S. Secret Service 2 $116,433.00
Government Printing Office 2 $111,770.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $111,775.50
National Mediation Board 2 $109,412.00
National Capital Planning Commission 2 $121,512.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $90,257.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $104,589.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $138,941.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $114,284.50
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2 $111,282.50
Office of Thrift Supervision 2 $173,529.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $105,329.00
International Trade Administration 2 $81,853.00
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $124,145.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $130,118.00
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $130,210.50
Farm Credit Administration 2 $114,480.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $117,911.00
Office of the Director 2 $140,172.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $153,200.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $113,757.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $112,995.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $98,518.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $99,283.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $75,537.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $153,200.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $110,109.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $127,915.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $151,025.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $133,543.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $73,100.00
Presidio Trust 1 $93,623.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $90,000.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $80,500.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $104,513.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $136,941.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $77,973.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $145,497.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $119,844.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $51,408.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $84,113.00
National Council on Disability 1 $144,997.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $153,053.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $153,200.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $153,200.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $52,439.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $86,927.00
Department of Treasury 1 $149,484.00
Financial Management Service 1 $114,895.00
Program Support Center 1 $149,025.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $128,443.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $134,543.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $139,600.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $156,140.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $153,698.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $116,414.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $146,611.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $134,287.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $127,662.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $154,217.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $153,200.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,380.00
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness 1 $93,000.00
International-American Foundation 1 $107,211.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $96,911.93. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $203,112 in 2009.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,793
ZA - Administrative 48
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 26
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 24
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 22
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 22
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 19
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
ES - Senior Executive Service 14
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 10
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 6
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 5
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
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

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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