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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
Customs and Border Protection 33 $107,023.00
Bureau of Reclamation 31 $87,866.97
Immigration and 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
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $101,603.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $82,589.60
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $101,342.10
Bureau of the Census 19 $97,594.32
Federal Election Commission 19 $91,483.58
Office of Communications and Marketing 19 $106,066.89
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $108,728.17
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 18 $110,184.67
Citizenship and Immigration Services 18 $119,932.11
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $100,612.28
Food Safety and Inspection Service 18 $91,953.56
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $143,592.33
Transportation Security Administration 17 $116,620.53
Health Resources and Services Administration 16 $120,086.06
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 16 $100,504.19
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $97,223.06
Headquarters, Nasa 15 $127,707.87
Peace Corps 15 $63,757.13
Drug Enforcement Administration 15 $121,417.33
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 Science Foundation 14 $122,023.07
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $123,918.93
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
U.S. Agency for International Development 11 $106,654.45
Farm Service Agency 10 $100,487.30
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $119,176.30
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
National Cemetery Administration 9 $97,558.00
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
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
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
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
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
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $105,752.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 6 $97,550.50
Maritime Administration 6 $98,950.83
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 6 $107,300.17
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $108,158.67
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
Foreign Agricultural Service 5 $116,853.40
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $92,270.60
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $137,625.80
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
Ames Research Center 4 $95,459.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 4 $158,301.25
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $92,674.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $113,180.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $96,079.33
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 3 $100,160.00
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
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $141,387.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $111,989.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $97,676.67
National Gallery of Art 3 $125,779.67
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $110,338.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $110,976.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $134,078.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $139,357.00
National Labor Relations Board 2 $134,183.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $110,024.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $98,467.50
National Assessment Governing Board 2 $132,108.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $68,669.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $126,769.50
Office of the Director 2 $150,960.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $132,065.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $83,839.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $64,499.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $103,351.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $137,673.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $129,757.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $106,800.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $128,923.00
Financial Management Service 2 $113,977.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $142,640.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $128,202.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $142,640.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $118,300.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $116,422.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $112,224.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $133,264.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $183,389.00
Presidio Trust 1 $108,500.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,341.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $115,000.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $84,855.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $112,224.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $166,385.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $133,264.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $122,744.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $115,742.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $155,500.00
Denali Commission 1 $75,156.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $119,238.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $140,259.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $148,510.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $123,317.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 1 $123,781.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $116,551.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $99,913.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $107,230.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $122,099.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $155,500.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $100,904.00
National Council on Disability 1 $94,969.00
National Mediation Board 1 $136,771.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $100,904.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $168,450.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $155,500.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $92,825.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $136,771.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $136,134.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 1 $115,731.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $109,807.00

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
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
CG - Corporate Graded 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 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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