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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
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 31 $109,097.81
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 29 $108,807.10
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 28 $123,222.36
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $87,986.86
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
Office of Public Affairs 20 $113,943.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 20 $115,883.25
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $104,055.70
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $84,636.65
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 Election Commission 18 $95,598.89
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $147,919.83
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 17 $102,660.88
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 17 $106,724.29
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 17 $123,177.24
U.S. Coast Guard 17 $105,646.24
Geological Survey 15 $101,883.20
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 15 $98,525.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 14 $123,314.36
Headquarters, Nasa 14 $132,627.29
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $127,591.29
U.S. Mint 14 $95,261.93
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
Office of Personnel Management 9 $100,676.22
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $109,243.00
Agency for International Development 9 $112,576.00
National Cemetery Administration 9 $97,361.33
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $102,820.78
Farm Service Agency 8 $100,032.13
Office of Justice Programs 8 $111,725.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 8 $100,150.38
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 8 $105,554.63
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $104,953.88
Langley Research Center 8 $106,973.63
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $89,227.75
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $113,738.71
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $115,102.71
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
Federal Trade Commission 6 $127,491.17
Indian Health Service 6 $93,149.00
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
Administration for Children and Families 6 $107,686.33
Risk Management Agency 6 $89,824.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $112,379.50
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
International Trade Administration 5 $93,640.80
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $94,870.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $148,702.40
Ames Research Center 5 $100,099.20
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $96,337.80
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $131,174.80
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $90,714.40
Federal Highway Administration 5 $127,379.60
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 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
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
National Gallery of Art 4 $118,633.50
Selective Service System 4 $131,797.75
Maritime Administration 4 $92,578.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $113,215.00
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
Administration for Community Living 3 $108,711.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $92,539.33
National Credit Union Administration 3 $139,809.67
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
Office of National Drug Control Policy 3 $99,444.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $170,344.00
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $99,499.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $118,601.67
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $114,801.33
Election Assistance Commission 3 $123,432.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $120,010.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $71,876.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $71,546.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $82,772.50
Government Printing Office 2 $122,381.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $129,507.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $99,453.00
Office of the Director 2 $154,240.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $137,199.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $84,283.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 2 $135,223.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $105,155.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $118,671.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $92,712.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $129,851.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $113,782.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $124,249.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $118,448.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $144,164.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $122,065.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $123,837.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 2 $96,302.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $140,998.50
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $135,285.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $128,857.00
Federal Transit Administration 1 $137,494.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $142,660.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $113,846.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $104,166.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $138,136.00
Departmental Offices 1 $63,091.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $194,930.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $108,899.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $120,429.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 1 $116,887.00
Presidio Trust 1 $117,800.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $127,172.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $110,906.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $94,787.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $157,600.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $127,512.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental & International Affairs 1 $133,328.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $149,993.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $101,914.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $157,100.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $177,040.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $88,224.00
National Council on Disability 1 $98,916.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $116,901.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $134,595.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $101,914.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $157,100.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $123,970.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $178,631.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $127,512.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $145,827.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $157,100.00
Denali Commission 1 $78,437.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $149,993.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $98,759.00

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
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 21
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 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
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 7
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 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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