Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $103,930.14* *Based on the 2017 average.
3,440 EMPLOYEES
$352.32M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 74th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 3,440 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $84,563.

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
Veterans Health Administration 258 $84,563.33
Forest Service 256 $83,981.96
Environmental Protection Agency 192 $114,396.85
Department of State 155 $111,914.83
Small Business Administration 151 $75,814.36
Social Security Administration 151 $103,589.07
Internal Revenue Service 136 $119,068.21
Bureau of Land Management 113 $91,673.45
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 98 $99,299.10
Federal Emergency Management Agency 98 $96,807.86
Federal Bureau of Investigation 79 $71,214.36
Natural Resources Conservation Service 78 $88,806.44
National Institutes of Health 74 $122,823.23
Department of Energy 73 $110,163.03
National Park Service 67 $93,287.85
Food and Drug Administration 58 $111,970.40
Rural Housing Service 42 $83,554.62
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 41 $110,329.22
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 37 $117,403.49
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 35 $36,005.19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 33 $120,885.91
Health Resources and Services Administration 33 $117,526.64
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 32 $113,341.47
Transportation Security Administration 32 $104,639.97
Bureau of Reclamation 30 $91,848.23
Food and Nutrition Service 30 $109,891.23
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 30 $115,213.20
Office of Public Affairs 27 $122,333.22
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 27 $133,047.56
Bureau of the Census 24 $102,127.08
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $94,697.22
John F. Kennedy Space Center 22 $91,106.55
Goddard Space Flight Center 21 $114,550.52
National Institute of Standards and Technology 20 $113,120.35
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 20 $115,134.10
Drug Enforcement Administration 19 $129,217.17
Geological Survey 19 $100,775.37
Federal Election Commission 18 $109,754.28
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 17 $123,081.65
National Archives and Records Administration 17 $94,867.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 17 $124,231.94
Food Safety and Inspection Service 17 $99,209.82
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $161,492.06
U.S. Mint 15 $89,860.13
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 15 $109,097.53
Agency for International Development 15 $115,340.60
Offices, Boards and Divisions 14 $128,539.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 14 $141,619.86
Office Cong & Intergovernmental Affairs & Gov Policy 13 $109,890.00
International Trade Administration 13 $99,623.38
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 13 $120,705.31
Peace Corps 13 $67,421.54
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 13 $116,049.23
Farm Service Agency 12 $95,972.50
Economic Research Service 12 $129,368.25
National Science Foundation 11 $124,129.36
Administration for Children and Families 11 $109,370.91
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $128,181.10
Headquarters, Nasa 10 $149,656.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 10 $114,666.80
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 10 $105,214.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 10 $116,333.20
Office of Justice Programs 10 $117,522.50
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 9 $116,889.89
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Public & International Affairs 9 $113,712.89
Agricultural Research Service 9 $112,910.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 9 $66,685.43
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 9 $134,377.44
National Agricultural Statistics Service 8 $78,265.88
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $109,949.25
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $121,249.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 8 $121,233.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 8 $102,402.63
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $115,678.50
Indian Health Service 8 $91,515.38
Federal Trade Commission 7 $131,934.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 7 $125,834.71
U.S. Marshals Service 7 $122,102.29
Langley Research Center 7 $96,497.00
Office of Personnel Management 7 $102,084.43
Office of Comptroller of Currency 7 $156,991.29
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 6 $112,362.83
Patent and Trademark Office 6 $92,781.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $133,419.83
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $127,869.17
National Cemetery Administration 6 $100,985.33
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $121,286.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 6 $105,011.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $128,423.83
Federal Communications Commission 6 $132,804.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 6 $500.00
Presidio Trust 6 $122,035.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $148,233.60
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $110,191.20
Federal Student Aid 5 $134,546.20
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $124,851.20
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 5 $176,363.60
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $116,823.80
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 5 $132,102.20
Administration for Community Living 5 $128,136.00
Risk Management Agency 5 $90,002.60
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $113,528.20
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $113,780.80
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $156,260.80
U.S. Secret Service 5 $126,067.80
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $142,152.80
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 5 $124,184.80
Maritime Administration 5 $102,990.60
Ames Research Center 5 $116,123.80
Federal Transit Administration 5 $115,598.80
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $152,632.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $89,920.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 4 $125,150.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $102,033.25
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $117,918.00
Economic Development Administration 4 $123,815.75
Office of National Drug Control Policy 4 $88,959.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $133,089.75
National Endowment for the Arts 3 $114,325.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $93,052.33
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $113,166.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $81,922.33
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $92,418.67
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $112,625.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $107,661.33
Selective Service System 3 $108,626.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $133,626.00
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $121,358.00
Federal Highway Administration 3 $139,613.33
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 3 $142,617.67
Trade and Development Agency 2 $103,408.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $130,387.50
Election Assistance Commission 2 $140,758.00
Government Printing Office 2 $139,685.50
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $152,951.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 2 $126,190.00
National Labor Relations Board 2 $81,093.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $104,462.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $166,855.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $134,133.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $106,208.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $105,660.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $107,178.00
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $92,953.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $128,824.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 2 $129,604.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $84,348.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 2 $151,869.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $138,077.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $129,919.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $128,655.00
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $122,085.50
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $127,157.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $152,876.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $161,900.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $110,595.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $93,008.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $120,074.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $162,900.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $76,980.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $97,956.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $153,730.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $138,758.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $98,323.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $131,457.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Human Resolution & Administration 1 $153,730.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $113,755.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $192,780.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $114,155.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental & International Affairs 1 $149,337.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $116,914.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $187,000.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $126,688.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $151,700.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $131,767.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $131,833.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $161,900.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $163,400.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $117,186.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $161,900.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $145,629.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $145,629.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $55,431.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $130,435.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $120,874.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $123,223.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $131,767.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $158,312.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $219,953.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $116,914.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $159,123.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $124,223.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $163,900.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $115,755.00
Departmental Offices 1 $140,318.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $115,461.00
Office of the Director 1 $187,000.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $102,739.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $149,337.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $103,930.14. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $226,757 in 2017.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,145
ZA - Administrative 51
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 44
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 31
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 24
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 22
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 16
ES - Senior Executive Service 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 15
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 13
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
IT - 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 6
CG - Corporate Graded 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 4
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 4
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
FO - Foreign Service Officers 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
SW - Transportation Security Admin Executives 1
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1

Starting Paygrade: $26,233.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Public Affairs Worker was $80,179. Since then, the average pay has increased to $105,561 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1035.

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