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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $99,172.33* *Based on the 2012 average.
3,223 EMPLOYEES
$319.04M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 82nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 3,223 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $79,312.

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 260 $79,312.17
Veterans Health Administration 205 $80,256.54
Environmental Protection Agency 193 $103,023.84
Internal Revenue Service 170 $109,344.65
Social Security Administration 164 $97,667.67
Department of State 159 $103,383.21
Bureau of Land Management 97 $86,879.14
Department of Energy 88 $99,693.11
Natural Resources Conservation Service 86 $81,973.79
National Institutes of Health 85 $113,491.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 73 $95,167.21
Federal Emergency Management Agency 68 $99,764.53
Small Business Administration 66 $87,985.65
Federal Bureau of Investigation 65 $93,907.26
Food and Drug Administration 56 $109,462.82
National Park Service 48 $91,047.27
Rural Housing Service 45 $76,530.64
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 42 $105,275.86
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 42 $86,287.69
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 41 $112,181.12
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 40 $100,279.03
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 35 $106,901.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 33 $115,002.24
Bureau of Reclamation 32 $89,373.41
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 31 $107,327.48
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 26 $83,434.77
Food and Nutrition Service 25 $102,063.72
Office of Public Affairs 24 $116,643.17
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 20 $104,271.55
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $99,267.35
Goddard Space Flight Center 20 $102,098.35
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $84,811.20
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 19 $103,852.68
Federal Aviation Administration 19 $143,659.63
Office of Communications and Outreach 19 $104,059.68
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $96,293.89
Bureau of the Census 19 $101,135.89
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 18 $104,781.50
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $104,198.11
Federal Election Commission 18 $90,201.17
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 17 $118,931.12
Headquarters, Nasa 17 $126,575.65
Offices, Boards and Divisions 17 $112,990.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $94,058.44
Transportation Security Administration 16 $113,757.31
Geological Survey 16 $100,561.06
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 15 $108,312.20
Agricultural Research Service 15 $95,298.73
Drug Enforcement Administration 15 $120,794.47
National Science Foundation 14 $124,270.14
Economic Research Service 14 $120,477.71
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 13 $116,442.23
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 13 $128,113.15
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $112,805.00
U.S. Mint 12 $103,735.08
Agency for International Development 12 $103,565.08
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 11 $110,030.36
Peace Corps 11 $61,108.91
Health Resources and Services Administration 10 $125,840.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $116,179.00
Farm Service Agency 10 $99,864.30
Langley Research Center 10 $102,190.70
National Archives and Records Administration 10 $75,171.60
Office of Personnel Management 10 $96,883.10
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $93,874.22
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $105,568.11
Office of Comptroller of Currency 9 $146,675.78
National Cemetery Administration 8 $94,628.88
Administration for Children and Families 8 $109,590.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $123,996.86
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 7 $94,233.71
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 7 $104,324.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $102,373.14
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 7 $110,320.14
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $109,601.83
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $111,633.33
U.S. Marshals Service 6 $104,589.17
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 6 $103,660.17
Ames Research Center 6 $105,878.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $88,994.33
Maritime Administration 6 $97,434.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $115,283.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $5,400.00
Federal Trade Commission 6 $131,359.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $88,362.83
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $136,782.20
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $88,811.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $110,195.60
Office of Justice Programs 5 $102,196.80
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 5 $90,904.80
Millennium Challenge Corporation 5 $133,003.20
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $127,148.60
Federal Highway Administration 5 $119,349.40
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $92,486.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $90,197.60
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $113,022.25
Economic Development Administration 4 $119,204.75
Federal Communications Commission 4 $115,657.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $160,747.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $152,118.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $86,468.25
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $105,526.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $114,817.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $118,395.50
Indian Health Service 4 $105,959.50
Veterans Benefits Administration 4 $107,642.00
Risk Management Agency 4 $94,588.75
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 4 $109,950.75
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $89,628.75
National Gallery of Art 4 $116,342.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $115,614.25
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $93,841.67
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $102,934.33
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $112,696.67
International Trade Administration 3 $102,676.67
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $130,926.67
Government Printing Office 3 $99,345.33
U.S. Secret Service 3 $118,395.67
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $109,730.67
Broadcasting Board of Governors 3 $99,772.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $93,732.67
International-American Foundation 3 $105,293.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $163,546.33
Selective Service System 3 $124,897.33
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $105,618.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $126,718.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2 $104,541.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $142,740.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $69,917.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $114,419.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $128,917.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $123,870.00
Office of the Director 2 $150,960.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $108,983.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $130,003.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $96,714.00
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $107,825.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $98,226.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $135,922.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $122,318.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $70,730.00
Financial Management Service 2 $108,809.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $132,761.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $142,640.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $137,540.00
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $50,400.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $115,742.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $137,634.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $119,238.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $155,500.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $106,839.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $140,259.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $126,251.00
National Council on Disability 1 $92,001.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $144,385.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $183,389.00
National Mediation Board 1 $136,771.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $124,067.00
Presidio Trust 1 $102,000.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $97,936.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $113,019.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,341.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $167,050.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $96,690.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $84,855.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $74,958.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $103,771.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $105,211.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $118,283.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $122,744.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $85,655.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,500.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $105,211.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $136,771.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $97,936.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $155,500.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $125,508.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $133,264.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $99,172.33. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $236,860 in 2012.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,980
ZA - Administrative 50
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 23
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 20
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 19
ES - Senior Executive Service 17
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 11
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 9
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 4
CG - Corporate Graded 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $25,871.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $136,659.00 / 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 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $101,922 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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