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Government Affairs Director Salary

With nearly three in five of Government Affairs Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Government Affairs Directors is $94K per year and can range from $56K on the lower end to $180K per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings of Government Affairs Directors stretch from $56K near the bottom to $180K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $38K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Government Affairs Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,408 - $151,478
MEDIAN: $93,736

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$54,408 - $151,478  
$498.89 - $38,474  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $39,103  
Total Pay (?
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).
$55,614 - $179,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 499

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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

Survey takers who work as Government Affairs Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legislative Policy, Lobbying, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Media / Public Relations and Policy Analysis. Most people who know 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.

Government Affairs Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $68K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $91K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $104K on average. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $144K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Government Affairs Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent) and New York (+22 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Albany Government Affairs Directors earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbia and Denver (24 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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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 88 votes.


45 %
55 %

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%