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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
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 35 $110,887.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 35 $112,312.54
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
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $89,359.08
Office of Public Affairs 25 $116,916.44
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $113,870.17
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $94,006.09
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 23 $109,071.61
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn 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
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
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
National Science Foundation 12 $115,386.42
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International 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
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
Langley Research Center 9 $99,077.89
Indian Health Service 9 $81,061.78
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $109,841.89
National Protection and Programs Directorate 9 $117,528.11
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $107,004.56
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $111,376.50
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 Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 8 $114,145.50
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
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $121,272.00
National Endowment for the Arts 7 $94,554.14
Federal Communications Commission 7 $124,035.14
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
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 6 $179,963.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $105,271.40
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $108,965.40
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $80,394.60
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 5 $114,504.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $145,170.80
Risk Management Agency 5 $90,713.80
Federal Student Aid 5 $127,402.80
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
Presidio Trust 5 $97,347.00
Ames Research Center 5 $107,904.00
Selective Service System 5 $117,669.60
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $101,089.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 4 $116,955.75
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $116,013.50
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
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $118,265.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $99,889.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $104,152.00
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
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
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $103,622.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $139,525.67
National Labor Relations Board 2 $95,048.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $134,652.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $82,001.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $135,814.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $131,189.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $98,289.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 2 $72,147.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $149,547.50
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $80,348.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $147,628.50
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $96,142.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $131,996.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $159,538.00
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $114,581.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $101,416.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $125,369.00
Veteran Employment Services Office 2 $112,949.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $124,660.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $147,974.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $119,179.00
Trade and Development Agency 2 $86,768.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $125,159.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $89,489.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $120,719.50
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $101,628.00
Departmental Offices 1 $133,256.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $160,300.00
International-American Foundation 1 $146,562.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $116,146.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $136,622.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $141,555.00
Office of the Director 1 $183,681.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $92,604.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $154,702.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $132,095.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $160,300.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $160,300.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $112,517.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental & International Affairs 1 $0.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $108,887.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $154,000.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $64,650.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $98,289.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $116,722.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $186,400.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $109,899.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $141,555.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $208,982.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $107,505.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $141,555.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $141,555.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $155,500.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $104,433.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $142,392.00
Denali Commission 1 $92,426.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $161,300.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $150,632.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $92,145.00
National Council on Disability 1 $104,733.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $107,731.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $149,432.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $133,516.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $191,261.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $124,059.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $119,794.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $107,505.00

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
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
CG - Corporate Graded 5
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 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
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 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
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 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 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,930 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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