Government Affairs Director Salary

Nearly three in five of Government Affairs Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $57K to $179K per year, and the average comes out to $95K annually. Overall cash earnings of Government Affairs Directors stretch from $57K near the bottom to $179K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $38K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Men make up a slight majority of Government Affairs Directors (54 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,464 - $151,265
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$55K
$95K
$150K
MEDIAN: $94,628
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Salary
$55,464 - $151,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $38,474  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $38,350  
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$56,712 - $178,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 511
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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.

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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 report a focused set of job skills. 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. Most people experienced in Legislative Policy also know Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Government Affairs Director

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


For many Government Affairs Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $67K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $92K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $107K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $141K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Government Affairs Directors, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent) and Washington (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Albany, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbia (24 percent lower) and Denver (23 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

National Average
$97,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%
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