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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
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
Immigration and 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
Food Safety and Inspection Service 20 $91,536.15
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $99,923.70
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 20 $90,849.30
Federal Election Commission 20 $84,758.50
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
Citizenship and Immigration 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
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 13 $128,558.00
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology 13 $101,736.46
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
Peace Corps 9 $75,221.22
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $101,128.78
U.S. Agency for International Development 9 $95,007.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 9 $140,518.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $127,650.67
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
National Cemetery Administration 6 $94,578.50
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
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $111,494.20
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $105,016.60
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $110,551.00
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 5 $127,642.80
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
John C. Stennis Space Center 4 $84,255.25
Selective Service System 4 $126,839.00
Federal Highway Administration 4 $128,565.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $108,838.25
Economic Development Administration 4 $105,417.75
International Trade Administration 4 $101,144.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $112,099.75
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
U.S. Secret Service 4 $109,543.25
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $108,537.25
Departmental Offices 4 $102,518.75
Agricultural Marketing Service 4 $86,889.50
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 4 $90,854.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $75,066.33
Government Printing Office 3 $92,385.67
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $103,120.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $159,862.33
National Gallery of Art 3 $115,118.33
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
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 3 $118,505.67
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $127,568.33
Maritime Administration 3 $75,311.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $98,043.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $117,570.67
Election Assistance Commission 2 $68,548.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $127,940.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $128,765.50
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 2 $107,965.50
International-American Foundation 2 $87,620.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $116,237.50
National Mediation Board 2 $112,060.50
National Capital Planning Commission 2 $125,234.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $122,266.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $91,436.50
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $112,854.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $93,744.50
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $122,970.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $89,415.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Farm Credit Administration 2 $115,958.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $125,262.00
Office of the Director 2 $141,222.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $73,749.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $105,955.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $142,322.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $121,805.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2 $115,730.50
Financial Management Service 2 $102,982.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $138,640.00
Office of Thrift Supervision 2 $174,434.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $112,970.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $129,757.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $55,070.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $92,001.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $159,000.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $148,510.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $105,722.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $119,238.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $100,904.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $157,000.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $112,774.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $134,016.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $152,635.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $89,033.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $140,259.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,658.00
Presidio Trust 1 $98,181.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $96,228.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $106,358.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $82,359.00
Program Support Center 1 $152,635.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $129,758.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $137,521.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $119,794.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $157,942.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $153,694.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $117,873.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $105,956.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $140,258.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $136,483.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $157,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $157,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,500.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $94,969.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $62,467.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $150,000.00
National Council on Disability 1 $152,635.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00

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
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
ES - Senior Executive Service 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
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 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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