Government Affairs Director Salary
|Salary||$60,717 - $164,754|
|Bonus||$766 - $32,431|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,365|
|Total Pay (||$61,437 - $181,624|
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.Read More...
As a high-level manager, the director of government affairs typically supervises analysts who collect and gather pertinent internal and external data. The government affairs director then assesses how the company is likely to be affected by changes in legislation and regulation. They then forecast the best position for the company to take going forward and ensure that all directors and departments are prepared for these impacts. Additionally, the government affairs director is expected to identify policymakers who can best help with creating and propagating a company-friendly government environment, working to provide support and information to these individuals..
A director of government affairs typically has at least a bachelor's degree, with post-baccalaureate education in public affairs and business often being preferred.
Government Affairs Director Tasks
- Collaborate with other department members to develop and implement policy strategies.
- Manage relationships with key policy-makers.
- Aid in the communication of the company's position on proposed policies.
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Popular Skills for Government Affairs Director
Government Affairs Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Lobbying, Legislative Policy, Media / Public Relations, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Public Speaking, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Legislative Policy are 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.
Government Affairs Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $122K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $123K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Government Affairs Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Government Affairs Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Government Affairs Directors in Columbia bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Denver and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (28 percent less and 23 percent less, respectively).
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