Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $99,143.34* *Based on the 2011 average.
3,215 EMPLOYEES
$317.95M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 83rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 3,215 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $80,569.

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 265 $80,568.50
Environmental Protection Agency 199 $100,343.22
Veterans Health Administration 198 $80,427.85
Social Security Administration 182 $95,828.92
Internal Revenue Service 177 $109,028.24
Department of State 162 $102,324.00
Bureau of Land Management 98 $85,767.92
Department of Energy 88 $99,902.35
Natural Resources Conservation Service 84 $80,939.38
National Institutes of Health 79 $110,949.47
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 69 $92,874.25
Federal Emergency Management Agency 64 $99,964.52
Federal Bureau of Investigation 61 $92,209.38
Food and Drug Administration 60 $105,262.62
National Park Service 51 $90,173.16
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 44 $102,576.50
Small Business Administration 44 $97,463.59
Rural Housing Service 43 $77,748.58
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 42 $84,805.26
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 40 $107,826.10
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 38 $103,518.39
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 32 $113,331.47
Bureau of Reclamation 30 $91,172.53
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 30 $107,605.70
Food and Nutrition Service 26 $102,922.54
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 26 $85,703.65
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 25 $102,108.68
Bureau of the Census 25 $102,718.36
Office of Public Affairs 24 $115,835.79
Food Safety and Inspection Service 21 $91,865.95
Office of Communications and Outreach 21 $102,366.14
Federal Aviation Administration 21 $141,470.24
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 20 $91,458.55
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $98,535.80
Federal Election Commission 19 $88,920.26
Headquarters, Nasa 19 $126,052.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 19 $90,528.11
U.S. Coast Guard 19 $101,916.79
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 18 $103,820.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 18 $101,315.17
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 17 $119,464.94
Offices, Boards and Divisions 17 $113,273.24
Geological Survey 17 $102,415.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 16 $110,994.81
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 16 $101,339.00
Transportation Security Administration 16 $116,471.88
Economic Research Service 16 $118,495.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 16 $118,721.88
Agricultural Research Service 16 $97,820.19
National Science Foundation 16 $122,254.25
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $130,216.21
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 14 $101,655.57
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 14 $119,512.43
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 14 $105,403.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $111,362.23
U.S. Mint 12 $101,064.25
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 12 $107,722.08
National Archives and Records Administration 11 $80,446.00
Farm Service Agency 10 $98,018.60
Langley Research Center 10 $99,564.60
Peace Corps 10 $72,648.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $104,831.67
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $129,389.33
Agency for International Development 9 $96,953.11
Office of Personnel Management 9 $100,950.11
U.S. Marshals Service 8 $107,609.38
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $101,737.38
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 8 $139,493.38
Office of Comptroller of Currency 8 $149,345.63
National Cemetery Administration 8 $96,377.38
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $101,338.75
Office of Justice Programs 7 $106,450.14
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 7 $105,520.43
Agricultural Marketing Service 7 $91,457.14
Ames Research Center 7 $109,106.71
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 7 $95,943.29
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $96,965.71
Administration for Children and Families 7 $115,166.17
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 6 $106,409.67
Federal Communications Commission 6 $128,454.00
Federal Trade Commission 6 $129,925.67
National Protection and Programs Directorate 6 $112,666.17
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $98,604.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $111,046.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $113,781.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 5 $0.00
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $99,203.80
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $134,253.80
Risk Management Agency 5 $100,767.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $96,758.20
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $125,009.60
Federal Highway Administration 5 $116,505.80
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 4 $117,906.00
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $86,464.25
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $107,374.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $160,469.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 4 $115,311.25
Selective Service System 4 $127,959.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $108,345.25
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $161,241.50
Maritime Administration 4 $92,271.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $118,102.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $113,521.00
Indian Health Service 4 $110,052.25
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $113,368.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $122,114.75
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 4 $132,064.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $120,816.67
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $88,080.33
International-American Foundation 3 $101,011.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $98,357.00
Government Printing Office 3 $94,461.67
Economic Development Administration 3 $119,190.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $134,413.33
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $110,806.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $105,085.00
International Trade Administration 3 $100,485.33
National Gallery of Art 3 $121,379.67
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $128,821.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $107,528.33
U.S. Secret Service 3 $114,343.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $94,683.33
Bureau of the Public Debt 3 $101,260.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $111,121.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $108,020.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $135,536.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $121,256.50
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $113,804.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $126,751.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $92,001.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $119,237.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $139,399.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $140,652.00
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Departmental Offices 2 $82,702.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $125,285.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $120,053.50
Office of the Director 2 $150,960.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $96,210.50
Office of Citizen Services and Communicatns 2 $112,310.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $112,854.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $130,003.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $169,578.50
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $130,735.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $97,352.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $97,936.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $137,521.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $79,282.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $115,742.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $144,385.00
National Council on Disability 1 $89,033.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $152,635.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $120,294.00
National Mediation Board 1 $136,771.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $126,251.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $155,500.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $98,455.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $74,872.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $155,500.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $155,500.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $183,389.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $109,488.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $140,259.00
Presidio Trust 1 $102,500.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $157,000.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,341.00
Financial Management Service 1 $121,088.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $115,601.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $119,238.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $110,302.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $106,839.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $157,500.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $74,872.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $82,359.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $128,251.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $160,500.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $129,758.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $99,143.34.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,968
ZA - Administrative 49
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 28
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 25
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 21
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 21
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 15
ES - Senior Executive Service 14
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 8
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
CG - Corporate Graded 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $105,561 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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