Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $57K to $179K per year, median earnings come to $95K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $38K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $57K and hits $179K on the high end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Government Affairs Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Most Government Affairs Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,507 - $151,591

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$55,507 - $151,591  
$0.00 - $38,413  
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$350.00 - $38,235  
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$56,735 - $179,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 516
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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

Government Affairs Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Legislative Policy, Lobbying, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Media / Public Relations and Policy Analysis. Most people skilled in Legislative Policy are similarly competent in Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Government Affairs Director

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $68K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $107K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $142K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Government Affairs Directors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent) and Washington (+17 percent). Compared to the national average, Columbia Government Affairs Directors have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (23 percent lower) and Albany (20 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

Public Speaking
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Legislative Policy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.


46 %
54 %

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: 3%