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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $99,624.69* *Based on the 2014 average.
3,296 EMPLOYEES
$327.37M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 104th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 3,296 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $80,213.

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 250 $80,212.89
Veterans Health Administration 230 $80,986.05
Environmental Protection Agency 173 $109,191.20
Internal Revenue Service 168 $110,477.29
Department of State 165 $107,257.38
Social Security Administration 144 $100,335.88
Small Business Administration 139 $73,756.83
Bureau of Land Management 104 $87,051.12
Natural Resources Conservation Service 87 $82,274.55
Department of Energy 83 $101,649.52
Federal Emergency Management Agency 81 $97,586.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 80 $95,499.49
National Institutes of Health 79 $111,095.73
Federal Bureau of Investigation 62 $96,406.26
Food and Drug Administration 60 $109,518.58
National Park Service 54 $90,822.56
Rural Housing Service 43 $79,616.44
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 39 $90,150.21
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 38 $110,471.63
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 35 $97,501.26
Food and Nutrition Service 34 $101,542.59
Customs and Border Protection 31 $109,097.81
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 29 $108,807.10
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $87,986.86
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 28 $123,222.36
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $86,446.24
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 24 $121,010.25
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $111,379.09
Food Safety and Inspection Service 22 $92,900.45
Peace Corps 21 $63,137.48
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $104,055.70
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $84,636.65
Health Resources and Services Administration 20 $115,883.25
Office of Public Affairs 20 $113,943.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 19 $108,280.95
Bureau of the Census 19 $98,660.37
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $113,330.22
Transportation Security Administration 18 $113,950.44
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $147,919.83
Federal Election Commission 18 $95,598.89
Office of Communications and Marketing 17 $106,724.29
Citizenship and Immigration Services 17 $123,177.24
U.S. Coast Guard 17 $105,646.24
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 17 $102,660.88
Geological Survey 15 $101,883.20
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 15 $98,525.00
U.S. Mint 14 $95,261.93
Headquarters, Nasa 14 $132,627.29
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $127,591.29
Drug Enforcement Administration 14 $123,314.36
National Science Foundation 13 $116,458.77
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 13 $108,915.69
Economic Research Service 13 $122,631.31
National Institute of Standards and Technology 13 $117,753.92
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 12 $108,823.83
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 12 $122,437.75
National Archives and Records Administration 12 $82,921.33
Agricultural Research Service 11 $93,341.64
Offices, Boards and Divisions 11 $118,316.09
National Protection and Programs Directorate 10 $119,687.20
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $124,119.30
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $109,243.00
National Cemetery Administration 9 $97,361.33
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $102,820.78
Office of Personnel Management 9 $100,676.22
U.S. Agency for International Development 9 $112,576.00
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 8 $105,554.63
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $104,953.88
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 8 $100,150.38
Langley Research Center 8 $106,973.63
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $89,227.75
Farm Service Agency 8 $100,032.13
Office of Justice Programs 8 $111,725.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 7 $0.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 7 $117,913.29
Office of Comptroller of Currency 7 $147,681.29
Agricultural Marketing Service 7 $110,627.43
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 7 $95,542.29
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $113,738.71
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $115,102.71
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 6 $137,591.83
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $124,391.50
Federal Communications Commission 6 $118,488.33
Federal Trade Commission 6 $127,491.17
Indian Health Service 6 $93,149.00
Administration for Children and Families 6 $107,686.33
Risk Management Agency 6 $89,824.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $112,379.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $105,682.50
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $89,805.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 6 $100,386.83
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $131,174.80
Federal Highway Administration 5 $127,379.60
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $90,714.40
Ames Research Center 5 $100,099.20
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $96,337.80
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $111,719.60
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $105,904.40
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $103,049.20
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $127,150.40
International Trade Administration 5 $93,640.80
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $94,870.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $148,702.40
National Gallery of Art 4 $118,633.50
Selective Service System 4 $131,797.75
Maritime Administration 4 $92,578.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $88,448.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $99,968.25
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $108,277.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $94,391.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $119,431.75
Economic Development Administration 4 $117,264.50
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $101,159.25
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $113,215.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $170,344.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $118,601.67
Election Assistance Commission 3 $123,432.33
Administration for Community Living 3 $108,711.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 3 $99,444.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $99,499.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $114,801.33
International-American Foundation 3 $107,931.67
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $124,694.00
National Labor Relations Board 3 $115,364.33
Dryden Flight Research Center 3 $113,109.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $92,539.33
National Credit Union Administration 3 $139,809.67
Trade and Development Agency 2 $82,772.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $129,507.00
Office of the Director 2 $154,240.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $84,283.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $105,155.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $92,712.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $99,453.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $137,199.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $135,223.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $118,671.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $129,851.50
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $124,249.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $144,164.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $123,837.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $120,010.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $96,302.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $71,876.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $113,782.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $118,448.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $122,065.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $140,998.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $71,546.50
Government Printing Office 2 $122,381.50
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $123,970.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $145,827.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $149,993.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $128,857.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $104,166.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $108,899.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $127,172.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $157,600.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $101,914.00
National Council on Disability 1 $98,916.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $101,914.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $178,631.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $157,100.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $98,759.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $137,494.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $138,136.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $142,660.00
Departmental Offices 1 $63,091.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 1 $116,887.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $110,906.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental Affairs 1 $133,328.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $120,429.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $127,512.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $157,100.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $116,901.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $157,100.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $127,512.00
Denali Commission 1 $78,437.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $135,285.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $113,846.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $194,930.00
Presidio Trust 1 $117,800.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,787.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $149,993.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $88,224.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $177,040.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $134,595.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $99,624.69.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,071
ZA - Administrative 45
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 22
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 21
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 21
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 17
ES - Senior Executive Service 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 12
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 7
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 7
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 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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