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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $98,002.19* *Based on the 2013 average.
3,291 EMPLOYEES
$321.64M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 80th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 3,291 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $79,356.

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 255 $79,355.63
Veterans Health Administration 219 $79,948.19
Environmental Protection Agency 180 $105,463.64
Department of State 166 $102,621.81
Internal Revenue Service 162 $109,281.61
Small Business Administration 153 $71,372.84
Social Security Administration 146 $99,436.71
Bureau of Land Management 102 $85,643.12
Natural Resources Conservation Service 86 $80,648.36
National Institutes of Health 85 $111,958.94
Department of Energy 82 $100,440.66
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 77 $93,321.26
Federal Bureau of Investigation 69 $92,297.96
Federal Emergency Management Agency 63 $100,227.16
Food and Drug Administration 59 $104,683.10
National Park Service 48 $89,815.44
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 45 $100,690.42
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 43 $85,035.30
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 41 $108,048.71
Rural Housing Service 39 $78,927.41
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 33 $107,023.00
Bureau of Reclamation 31 $87,866.97
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 30 $107,741.50
Food and Nutrition Service 29 $95,361.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $117,394.28
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 27 $116,024.96
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 26 $83,040.54
Office of Public Affairs 24 $112,952.75
Goddard Space Flight Center 21 $108,605.24
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $101,342.10
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $101,603.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $82,589.60
Bureau of the Census 19 $97,594.32
Federal Election Commission 19 $91,483.58
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 19 $106,066.89
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $143,592.33
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $108,728.17
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $110,184.67
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 18 $119,932.11
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $100,612.28
Food Safety and Inspection Service 18 $91,953.56
Transportation Security Administration 17 $116,620.53
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 16 $100,504.19
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $97,223.06
Health Resources and Services Administration 16 $120,086.06
Headquarters, Nasa 15 $127,707.87
Peace Corps 15 $63,757.13
Drug Enforcement Administration 15 $121,417.33
National Science Foundation 14 $122,023.07
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $123,918.93
Economic Research Service 14 $120,368.93
Offices, Boards and Divisions 14 $103,980.86
Agricultural Research Service 14 $99,027.07
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 14 $119,096.64
Geological Survey 14 $99,917.14
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $112,305.54
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 12 $104,431.58
U.S. Mint 11 $94,331.82
National Archives and Records Administration 11 $79,986.45
Agency for International Development 11 $106,654.45
Farm Service Agency 10 $100,487.30
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $119,176.30
National Cemetery Administration 9 $97,558.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 9 $95,348.33
Office of Personnel Management 9 $107,908.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $106,894.44
Office of Comptroller of Currency 9 $147,994.89
Administration for Children and Families 8 $105,236.25
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 8 $96,812.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $94,297.88
Langley Research Center 8 $105,316.25
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $109,493.57
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 7 $106,592.43
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $103,969.57
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 7 $0.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $122,727.14
Office of Justice Programs 7 $110,264.14
Indian Health Service 6 $90,842.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $112,704.67
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $114,378.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 6 $97,550.50
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $105,752.50
Maritime Administration 6 $98,950.83
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 6 $107,300.17
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $108,158.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $92,587.83
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $116,247.83
Federal Communications Commission 6 $123,701.17
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $123,210.83
Foreign Agricultural Service 5 $116,853.40
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $92,270.60
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $137,625.80
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $128,351.20
Federal Highway Administration 5 $125,914.40
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $96,328.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 5 $146,315.20
Federal Trade Commission 5 $120,602.60
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $87,998.60
Risk Management Agency 5 $87,731.80
Ames Research Center 4 $95,459.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $158,301.25
Selective Service System 4 $129,789.50
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $90,683.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $117,615.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $94,069.25
International Trade Administration 4 $101,508.25
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $90,588.25
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $144,717.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $110,178.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $107,763.50
Economic Development Administration 3 $122,359.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 3 $113,455.33
International-American Foundation 3 $107,112.67
Government Printing Office 3 $100,672.33
National Gallery of Art 3 $125,779.67
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $141,387.33
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $110,338.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $111,989.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $110,976.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $97,676.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $92,674.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $113,180.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $96,079.33
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 3 $100,160.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $128,202.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $126,769.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $142,640.50
Office of the Director 2 $150,960.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $118,300.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $132,065.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $116,422.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $83,839.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $134,078.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $64,499.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $139,357.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $103,351.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $134,183.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $137,673.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $106,800.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $110,024.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $129,757.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $128,923.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $98,467.50
Financial Management Service 2 $113,977.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $142,640.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $68,669.50
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $133,264.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $136,134.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $115,742.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $122,099.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $183,389.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 1 $115,731.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $155,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,500.00
Presidio Trust 1 $108,500.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $109,807.00
Denali Commission 1 $75,156.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $100,904.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,341.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $119,238.00
National Council on Disability 1 $94,969.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $115,000.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $140,259.00
National Mediation Board 1 $136,771.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $84,855.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $148,510.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $100,904.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $112,224.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $123,317.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $168,450.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $166,385.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $123,781.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $133,264.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $116,551.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $112,224.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $92,825.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $122,744.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $99,913.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $136,771.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $107,230.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $98,002.19. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $238,860 in 2013.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,045
ZA - Administrative 45
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 24
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 22
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 18
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
ES - Senior Executive Service 17
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 12
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 9
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 7
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
CG - Corporate Graded 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
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
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 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 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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