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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $99,954.29* *Based on the 2015 average.
3,246 EMPLOYEES
$323.35M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 80th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 3,246 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $81,324.

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 262 $81,324.49
Veterans Health Administration 245 $81,935.40
Environmental Protection Agency 177 $110,914.54
Internal Revenue Service 158 $112,618.00
Social Security Administration 150 $99,688.38
Small Business Administration 135 $75,468.30
Bureau of Land Management 113 $86,872.43
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 87 $94,908.20
Federal Emergency Management Agency 87 $96,030.49
National Institutes of Health 83 $115,254.12
Natural Resources Conservation Service 82 $83,955.96
Department of Energy 80 $105,915.65
Federal Bureau of Investigation 67 $101,621.30
Food and Drug Administration 66 $107,766.33
National Park Service 63 $88,600.44
Rural Housing Service 46 $78,895.46
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 37 $92,937.19
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 37 $100,783.49
Customs and Border Protection 37 $108,035.97
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 37 $114,319.81
Food and Nutrition Service 35 $101,103.77
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 31 $110,135.55
Health Resources and Services Administration 30 $111,193.97
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $123,112.86
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $85,538.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 25 $119,759.96
Office of Public Affairs 24 $110,607.75
Transportation Security Administration 24 $110,701.42
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $112,761.96
John F. Kennedy Space Center 23 $87,507.65
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $90,295.91
Food Safety and Inspection Service 23 $86,581.26
Bureau of the Census 21 $97,581.29
Citizenship and Immigration Services 21 $116,723.76
Federal Election Commission 20 $98,290.70
Peace Corps 20 $63,034.60
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 20 $109,139.15
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 19 $106,819.68
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 18 $98,181.17
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $114,525.39
Geological Survey 17 $99,204.88
Federal Aviation Administration 17 $150,129.71
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 16 $111,529.31
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 16 $105,204.63
National Institute of Standards and Technology 15 $110,512.73
U.S. Mint 15 $93,431.07
Headquarters, Nasa 14 $138,095.43
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $129,462.71
Drug Enforcement Administration 14 $124,584.07
Office of Communications and Marketing 13 $108,663.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 13 $101,301.85
U.S. Coast Guard 13 $107,918.54
Economic Research Service 13 $114,371.62
Offices, Boards and Divisions 13 $121,742.23
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $113,860.08
National Science Foundation 12 $105,760.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 12 $114,020.00
National Archives and Records Administration 11 $81,680.55
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $123,557.30
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $106,657.89
Langley Research Center 9 $105,630.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $111,742.22
Office of Justice Programs 9 $109,971.44
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $109,465.00
Farm Service Agency 9 $99,023.89
Agricultural Research Service 9 $97,364.56
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 9 $110,017.25
Indian Health Service 8 $96,900.00
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 8 $107,908.63
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $107,089.75
National Cemetery Administration 8 $97,026.25
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $106,340.63
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $93,254.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $108,398.13
International Trade Administration 7 $90,818.86
Patent and Trademark Office 7 $85,234.43
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $119,096.00
Federal Communications Commission 7 $119,440.00
Federal Trade Commission 7 $125,887.43
Office of Personnel Management 7 $101,824.86
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $112,488.57
Risk Management Agency 7 $91,222.86
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $119,666.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 6 $140,125.50
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $0.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $98,773.67
Administration for Community Living 6 $90,111.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $128,329.33
Office of Comptroller of Currency 6 $163,393.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $116,904.50
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 6 $92,149.33
National Endowment for the Arts 6 $106,251.83
Millennium Challenge Corporation 5 $108,428.80
Federal Highway Administration 5 $132,033.80
Federal Transit Administration 5 $105,459.80
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $106,490.20
Maritime Administration 5 $100,206.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $112,721.40
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $129,278.40
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $108,028.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $144,519.20
Administration for Children and Families 5 $117,973.60
Ames Research Center 4 $96,903.25
National Gallery of Art 4 $125,297.75
Selective Service System 4 $132,941.25
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $132,492.75
Economic Development Administration 4 $118,068.25
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $125,786.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $120,221.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $121,377.25
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $86,177.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $114,319.00
International-American Foundation 3 $110,414.33
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $64,650.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $104,262.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $130,943.00
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $99,285.33
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $116,960.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 3 $91,630.33
National Credit Union Administration 3 $147,353.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 3 $126,879.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $99,597.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $176,988.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $97,516.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $97,529.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $92,230.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $92,337.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $133,604.00
Office of the Director 2 $157,573.00
Election Assistance Commission 2 $117,972.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $92,337.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $130,040.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $96,702.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $119,086.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $121,468.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $123,174.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $144,630.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $83,259.00
Government Printing Office 2 $123,424.00
National Labor Relations Board 2 $90,834.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $127,566.50
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $111,211.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $94,428.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $127,001.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $132,580.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $127,246.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 2 $149,111.50
Departmental Offices 2 $100,692.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 2 $110,131.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $121,991.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $78,335.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $90,823.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $139,523.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $90,823.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $70,692.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $89,110.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $179,962.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $139,523.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $125,213.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $147,288.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $151,496.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $106,315.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $107,325.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $130,041.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $122,497.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $108,497.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $151,799.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $159,200.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $105,960.00
National Council on Disability 1 $99,905.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $105,960.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $183,576.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $158,900.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $99,759.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $155,705.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $118,057.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $143,079.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $112,014.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental Affairs 1 $138,871.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $158,700.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $118,069.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $158,700.00
Denali Commission 1 $81,779.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $139,523.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $158,700.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $115,166.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $198,049.00
Presidio Trust 1 $128,000.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $99,954.29. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $246,200 in 2015.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,967
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 49
ZA - Administrative 48
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 23
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 23
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 20
ES - Senior Executive Service 17
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 17
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 12
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 6
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 6
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 6
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 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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