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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $101,921.80* *Based on the 2016 average.
3,507 EMPLOYEES
$356.83M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 77th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 3,507 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $82,123.

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 266 $82,123.44
Veterans Health Administration 249 $82,624.53
Environmental Protection Agency 196 $110,755.84
Department of State 172 $109,181.11
Social Security Administration 153 $99,989.30
Internal Revenue Service 150 $114,804.79
Small Business Administration 120 $78,009.12
Bureau of Land Management 114 $89,724.74
Federal Emergency Management Agency 103 $94,603.01
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 86 $99,231.97
Natural Resources Conservation Service 84 $84,256.76
National Institutes of Health 78 $118,988.60
Department of Energy 77 $107,396.45
Federal Bureau of Investigation 75 $100,264.21
Food and Drug Administration 68 $109,208.72
National Park Service 67 $91,278.03
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 46 $103,064.26
Rural Housing Service 45 $79,181.64
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 37 $94,607.68
Food and Nutrition Service 37 $104,464.57
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 35 $112,312.54
Customs and Border Protection 35 $110,887.00
Bureau of Reclamation 34 $89,045.32
Health Resources and Services Administration 33 $115,137.79
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 29 $126,133.86
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 29 $120,059.83
Transportation Security Administration 28 $106,649.82
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 26 $115,306.08
Office of Public Affairs 25 $116,916.44
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $89,359.08
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $94,006.09
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 23 $109,071.61
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $113,870.17
Citizenship and Immigration Services 21 $121,789.10
Geological Survey 20 $99,012.05
Peace Corps 19 $64,945.16
Federal Election Commission 19 $100,867.84
National Institute of Standards and Technology 19 $109,318.42
Bureau of the Census 19 $99,460.53
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 19 $102,243.42
Federal Aviation Administration 18 $153,090.28
Office of Communications and Outreach 18 $119,549.89
U.S. Agency for International Development 18 $111,484.78
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 17 $112,541.18
Offices, Boards and Divisions 16 $112,906.75
Food Safety and Inspection Service 16 $93,318.13
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 16 $108,241.94
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $89,870.13
Drug Enforcement Administration 15 $126,067.67
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 15 $111,812.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $138,244.86
U.S. Mint 14 $97,132.36
National Science Foundation 12 $115,386.42
Farm Service Agency 12 $94,761.25
Administration for Children and Families 12 $101,021.67
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $143,721.17
International Trade Administration 12 $90,931.58
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 11 $106,933.09
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 11 $124,490.09
Agricultural Research Service 11 $104,655.91
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 11 $114,778.18
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 10 $114,489.80
National Protection and Programs Directorate 9 $117,528.11
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $107,004.56
Agricultural Marketing Service 9 $103,413.44
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $101,314.33
Economic Research Service 9 $129,339.78
Veterans Benefits Administration 9 $110,816.67
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $109,841.89
Langley Research Center 9 $99,077.89
Indian Health Service 9 $81,061.78
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 8 $108,544.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $99,448.75
Office of Personnel Management 8 $100,719.50
Office of Communications and Marketing 8 $114,145.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $111,376.50
Federal Communications Commission 7 $124,035.14
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $121,272.00
National Endowment for the Arts 7 $94,554.14
Foreign Agricultural Service 7 $115,959.29
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 7 $500.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 7 $144,480.57
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 7 $121,999.86
Office of Justice Programs 7 $120,236.29
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 6 $179,963.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $133,550.33
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $86,765.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 6 $62,490.50
Federal Trade Commission 6 $137,274.50
National Cemetery Administration 6 $92,127.83
Corporation for National and Community Service 6 $73,873.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $124,256.83
Administration for Community Living 6 $116,952.83
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 6 $142,909.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $101,496.33
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $123,202.80
Federal Highway Administration 5 $133,741.20
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $138,177.00
Federal Transit Administration 5 $109,050.40
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $110,188.00
Ames Research Center 5 $107,904.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $105,271.40
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $80,394.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $145,170.80
Federal Student Aid 5 $127,402.80
Presidio Trust 5 $97,347.00
Selective Service System 5 $117,669.60
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $108,965.40
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $114,504.60
Risk Management Agency 5 $90,713.80
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $118,265.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $99,889.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $101,089.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $126,118.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $123,911.75
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $145,162.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $116,955.75
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 4 $116,013.50
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 3 $111,533.67
Economic Development Administration 3 $130,039.67
Government Printing Office 3 $108,669.00
U.S. Secret Service 3 $142,087.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $103,622.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $139,525.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $104,152.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $103,874.33
Maritime Administration 3 $112,571.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $128,444.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $106,455.67
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $135,814.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $72,147.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $147,628.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $159,538.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $101,416.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $149,547.50
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $96,142.50
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $114,581.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $125,369.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $124,660.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $119,179.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $125,159.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $120,719.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $95,048.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $82,001.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $98,289.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $80,348.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $131,996.50
Veteran Employment Services Office 2 $112,949.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $147,974.50
Trade and Development Agency 2 $86,768.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $89,489.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $101,628.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $134,652.50
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $131,189.00
International-American Foundation 1 $146,562.00
Office of the Director 1 $183,681.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $160,300.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $154,000.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $186,400.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $107,505.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $104,433.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $150,632.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $149,432.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $119,794.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $116,722.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $208,982.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $161,300.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $107,731.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $124,059.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $160,300.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $141,555.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $132,095.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental Affairs 1 $0.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $64,650.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $109,899.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $141,555.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $142,392.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $92,145.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $133,516.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $107,505.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $116,146.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $92,604.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $160,300.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $108,887.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $98,289.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $141,555.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $141,555.00
Denali Commission 1 $92,426.00
National Council on Disability 1 $104,733.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $191,261.00
Departmental Offices 1 $133,256.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $136,622.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $154,702.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $112,517.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $101,921.80. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $229,333 in 2016.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,196
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 56
ZA - Administrative 51
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 27
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 23
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 23
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 19
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 18
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 18
ES - Senior Executive Service 16
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 6
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 5
CG - Corporate Graded 5
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 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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