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 2010

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $98,615.35* *Based on the 2010 average.
3,177 EMPLOYEES
$312.81M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 84th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 3,177 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $79,265.

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 263 $79,264.94
Social Security Administration 195 $95,440.63
Internal Revenue Service 188 $106,183.55
Environmental Protection Agency 185 $100,259.26
Veterans Health Administration 179 $81,052.05
Department of State 149 $102,514.84
Bureau of Land Management 102 $84,795.72
Department of Energy 96 $100,542.26
Natural Resources Conservation Service 89 $80,593.97
National Institutes of Health 80 $111,656.99
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 66 $92,016.82
Food and Drug Administration 63 $106,817.67
Federal Emergency Management Agency 59 $100,519.64
Federal Bureau of Investigation 52 $90,764.15
Rural Housing Service 45 $74,379.78
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 42 $100,280.71
National Park Service 42 $89,285.31
Small Business Administration 42 $96,244.95
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 38 $107,836.97
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 37 $112,632.41
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 35 $86,296.34
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 31 $108,973.35
Bureau of Reclamation 31 $89,901.55
Food and Nutrition Service 31 $100,618.39
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 31 $109,755.68
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 29 $82,120.41
Office of Public Affairs 27 $120,443.63
Bureau of the Census 24 $96,634.33
Federal Aviation Administration 22 $140,688.09
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 21 $95,013.67
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 20 $90,849.30
Federal Election Commission 20 $84,758.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 20 $91,536.15
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $99,923.70
Headquarters, Nasa 19 $123,856.47
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $98,842.84
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $86,930.89
Drug Enforcement Administration 19 $116,876.89
Office of Communications and Outreach 19 $106,274.79
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 18 $116,174.33
Offices, Boards and Divisions 18 $109,990.39
U.S. Coast Guard 17 $96,039.12
Transportation Security Administration 17 $108,687.82
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 16 $109,352.56
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 16 $115,923.81
Geological Survey 16 $105,963.25
National Science Foundation 16 $124,213.81
Agricultural Research Service 16 $99,281.69
Economic Research Service 16 $118,941.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 15 $108,929.13
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 15 $107,694.20
National Institute of Standards and Technology 14 $110,445.36
Office of Citizen Services and Communicatns 13 $101,736.46
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 13 $128,558.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 12 $113,647.50
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 12 $108,752.92
National Archives and Records Administration 12 $78,555.33
U.S. Mint 12 $98,054.83
Farm Service Agency 11 $96,397.27
Office of Comptroller of Currency 10 $129,397.20
Langley Research Center 10 $97,724.70
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 9 $140,518.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $127,650.67
Peace Corps 9 $75,221.22
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $101,128.78
Agency for International Development 9 $95,007.67
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $101,480.75
Office of Personnel Management 8 $85,791.38
U.S. Marshals Service 8 $105,718.38
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 8 $105,209.50
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $102,849.63
Administration for Children and Families 7 $118,522.86
Ames Research Center 7 $109,583.86
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $97,075.71
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $100,422.83
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $109,275.17
Office of Justice Programs 6 $108,410.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 6 $107,837.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $123,308.67
Federal Trade Commission 6 $128,375.83
National Cemetery Administration 6 $94,578.50
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 5 $104,813.80
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $114,502.60
Risk Management Agency 5 $99,609.20
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $126,490.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $111,494.20
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $105,016.60
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $110,551.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 5 $127,642.80
Federal Communications Commission 4 $121,992.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $155,353.25
Public Buildings Service 4 $94,463.00
Indian Health Service 4 $109,336.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $84,255.25
U.S. Secret Service 4 $109,543.25
Selective Service System 4 $126,839.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $108,537.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $128,565.50
Departmental Offices 4 $102,518.75
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $108,838.25
Agricultural Marketing Service 4 $86,889.50
Economic Development Administration 4 $105,417.75
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 4 $90,854.50
International Trade Administration 4 $101,144.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $112,099.75
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $127,568.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $103,120.00
Maritime Administration 3 $75,311.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $159,862.33
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $98,043.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $115,118.33
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $117,570.67
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $109,293.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $92,783.33
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 3 $86,134.00
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $93,034.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $108,447.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $161,803.33
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $75,066.33
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $118,505.67
Government Printing Office 3 $92,385.67
National Capital Planning Commission 2 $125,234.50
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $73,749.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $122,266.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $105,955.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $91,436.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $142,322.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $112,854.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $121,805.00
Election Assistance Commission 2 $68,548.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $93,744.50
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $115,730.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $127,940.00
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $122,970.50
Financial Management Service 2 $102,982.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $128,765.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $89,415.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $138,640.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 2 $107,965.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Office of Thrift Supervision 2 $174,434.00
International-American Foundation 2 $87,620.50
Farm Credit Administration 2 $115,958.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $112,970.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $116,237.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $125,262.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $129,757.50
National Mediation Board 2 $112,060.50
Office of the Director 2 $141,222.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $55,070.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $94,969.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $152,635.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $119,794.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $92,001.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $62,467.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $89,033.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $157,942.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $159,000.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $150,000.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $140,259.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $153,694.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $148,510.00
National Council on Disability 1 $152,635.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,658.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $117,873.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $105,722.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00
Presidio Trust 1 $98,181.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $105,956.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $119,238.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $96,228.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $140,258.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $100,904.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $106,358.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $136,483.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $82,359.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $157,500.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $157,000.00
Program Support Center 1 $152,635.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $157,500.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $112,774.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $129,758.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,500.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $134,016.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $137,521.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $98,615.35. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $214,277 in 2010.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,912
ZA - Administrative 48
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 32
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 25
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 22
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 20
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 19
ES - Senior Executive Service 16
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 10
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 9
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 7
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 3
CG - Corporate Graded 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 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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