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Public Affairs Worker - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Public Affairs Worker"

How much does a Public Affairs Worker in the federal government get paid? $109,552.25* *Based on the 2019 average.
3,388 EMPLOYEES
$351.22M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Public Affairs Worker was the 316th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 3,388 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Public Affairs, with an average salary of $86,060.

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 275 $86,059.99
Veterans Health Administration 266 $87,903.13
Environmental Protection Agency 184 $120,133.57
Department of State 157 $117,873.46
Federal Emergency Management Agency 154 $93,717.04
Social Security Administration 141 $108,970.14
Internal Revenue Service 132 $122,669.95
Small Business Administration 110 $88,071.68
Bureau of Land Management 103 $94,954.99
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 90 $104,949.69
Federal Bureau of Investigation 85 $126,672.94
Department of Energy 74 $114,674.23
National Institutes of Health 71 $129,068.68
National Park Service 60 $96,693.35
Natural Resources Conservation Service 57 $85,962.84
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 41 $127,864.33
Customs and Border Protection 39 $125,802.53
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 38 $125,425.87
Food and Drug Administration 38 $119,815.21
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 38 $128,729.43
Rural Housing Service 38 $89,370.82
Bureau of Reclamation 37 $93,674.05
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 31 $125,339.55
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 30 $122,433.53
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $85,011.31
Transportation Security Administration 29 $103,425.59
Food and Nutrition Service 27 $117,212.67
Office of Public Affairs 26 $127,469.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 26 $125,636.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 26 $138,070.46
Goddard Space Flight Center 23 $111,862.22
Fpac Business Center 22 $106,441.23
Bureau of the Census 21 $111,818.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 21 $98,376.52
Federal Election Commission 20 $111,696.30
Drug Enforcement Administration 17 $138,190.64
National Archives and Records Administration 17 $100,571.47
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $120,349.53
Geological Survey 17 $102,639.88
Citizenship and Immigration Services 17 $133,280.59
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $169,782.94
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $118,070.56
U.S. Coast Guard 16 $106,138.75
U.S. Mint 15 $121,774.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 15 $101,977.13
Office of Communications and Outreach 14 $128,429.57
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $119,249.43
Health Resources and Services Administration 14 $127,604.29
U.S. Agency for International Development 14 $128,542.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 13 $118,800.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 13 $150,150.38
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 12 $120,053.17
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 12 $112,113.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 12 $141,000.75
National Science Foundation 12 $126,889.58
Economic Research Service 12 $136,899.08
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $151,581.17
Agricultural Research Service 11 $123,443.45
Peace Corps 11 $71,350.18
International Trade Administration 11 $108,970.91
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $137,105.30
Administration for Children and Families 10 $122,757.10
Indian Health Service 10 $88,474.30
Office of Communications and Marketing 10 $110,027.44
Offices, Boards and Divisions 10 $126,113.80
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 10 $154,382.60
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 10 $121,686.40
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 9 $114,953.33
Agricultural Marketing Service 9 $106,713.22
Office of Justice Programs 9 $125,547.44
Presidio Trust 9 $101,142.56
Office of Assistant Secretary Public & Intergovernmental Affairs 8 $120,850.00
U.S. Marshals Service 8 $128,034.75
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 8 $144,126.50
Patent and Trademark Office 8 $97,017.00
National Cemetery Administration 8 $108,087.88
Office of Comptroller of Currency 7 $171,973.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $122,375.14
Federal Student Aid 7 $140,235.43
Executive Office for Immigration Review 7 $127,938.29
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $121,431.14
National Agricultural Statistics Service 7 $99,202.14
Office of Personnel Management 7 $92,449.86
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $142,647.67
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $132,426.83
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 6 $122,132.67
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $127,289.17
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $129,276.17
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 6 $115,598.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 6 $118,815.17
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 6 $100,279.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $123,156.33
Federal Trade Commission 6 $147,301.00
Federal Communications Commission 6 $141,005.83
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 6 $124,962.17
Economic Development Administration 5 $119,746.00
Ames Research Center 5 $111,306.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 5 $145,812.00
Federal Transit Administration 5 $124,349.60
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 5 $188,637.00
U.S. Secret Service 5 $139,701.60
Maritime Administration 5 $117,554.20
Langley Research Center 5 $93,437.60
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 5 $139,311.40
Administration for Community Living 5 $134,689.40
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $106,086.20
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $134,335.20
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $123,739.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $152,837.40
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $129,223.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $84,102.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $102,628.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 4 $89,456.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $97,775.75
Selective Service System 3 $106,094.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $149,373.33
Government Printing Office 3 $126,523.00
Federal Highway Administration 3 $145,751.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 3 $145,068.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $111,542.67
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 3 $119,623.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $120,211.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $123,167.67
Office of the Director 3 $146,134.00
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 3 $134,833.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $135,599.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $136,759.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 2 $113,669.00
Trade and Development Agency 2 $87,189.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $135,678.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $101,201.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $115,093.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2 $125,005.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $156,931.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $137,512.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 2 $157,947.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $159,426.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $122,517.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $147,705.50
Election Assistance Commission 2 $121,079.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $136,260.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $113,286.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $140,381.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $146,057.50
National Labor Relations Board 2 $112,995.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $89,633.50
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $147,038.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $175,000.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $119,004.00
Department of Veterans Affairs 1 $89,517.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $119,754.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $156,000.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $136,271.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $83,398.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $137,849.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $115,699.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $165,346.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 1 $160,822.00
National Council on Disability 1 $91,740.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $82,056.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $193,182.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $140,679.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $151,633.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $109,088.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $148,445.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $192,300.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $128,911.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $165,417.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Intergovernmental Affairs 1 $165,417.00
Appalachian Regional Commission 1 $78,861.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $152,352.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $166,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $143,365.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $122,310.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 1 $129,716.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $128,911.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $136,725.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $102,477.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $109,088.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $79,569.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $135,759.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $135,778.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $165,417.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $136,725.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $166,500.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $105,782.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $0.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $166,500.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $139,251.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $102,477.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $0.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $57,510.00
Council of Economic Advisers 1 $106,995.00

Public Affairs Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Public Affairs Worker is $109,552.25. The highest paid Public Affairs Worker made $243,744 in 2019.

Common Public Affairs Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Public Affairs Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,049
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 75
ZA - Administrative 47
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 29
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 21
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 21
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 19
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 17
IT - Employees Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) Of The Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief 17
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 16
ES - Senior Executive Service 13
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 11
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 10
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 10
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 7
CG - Corporate Graded 5
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 3
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 3
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 2
MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only. 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 1
VC - Canteen Service 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 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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