Government Affairs Director Salary

The majority of Government Affairs Directors in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $55K to $179K per year, and the median is $93K per year. Total cash compensation to Government Affairs Directors varies from $55K to $179K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $38K each. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Government Affairs Directors (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Government Affairs Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$54,206 - $150,772
MEDIAN: $93,334

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$54,206 - $150,772  
$500 - $38,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $38,995  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$55,231 - $178,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 500

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Job Description for Government Affairs Director

Changing regulations, new laws, and entirely new federal initiatives can greatly affect the way a company does business. Larger companies that expect to deal closely with these changes often employ a director of government affairs. This person examines how new and changing government regulations will affect a business, as well as suggests and forecasts ways to manage these changes. Additionally, the director represents the company to the government, attempting to generate positive outcomes in legislation and the application of regulation.


Government Affairs Director Tasks

  • Aid in the communication of the company's position on proposed policies.
  • Manage relationships with key policy-makers.
  • Collaborate with other department members to develop and implement policy strategies.

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Popular Skills for Government Affairs Director

Job skills reported by Government Affairs Directors are limited. Most notably, skills in Legislative Policy, Lobbying, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations and Policy Analysis. Those proficient in Legislative Policy are, more often than not, also skilled in Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Government Affairs Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Government Affairs Directors. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $68K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $144K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

For Government Affairs Directors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent) and New York (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Albany, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbia (23 percent lower) and Denver (22 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.


44 %
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 4%