Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($101K) annually in the United States. Total cash earnings of Government Affairs Directors range from $61K on the low end to $181K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $16K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Government Affairs Directors (62 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,196 - $164,082
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MEDIAN: $100,812
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Salary
$60,196 - $164,082  
   
Bonus
$773 - $31,232  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $16,000  
Commission
$25,000  
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$60,885 - $180,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 373

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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

  • 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


Survey results imply that Government Affairs Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Policy Development, Lobbying, Legislative Policy, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Public Speaking and Media / Public Relations. Those proficient in Legislative Policy are, more often than not, also skilled in Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Government Affairs Director

Pay by Experience for a Government Affairs Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Government Affairs Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 66 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Government Affairs Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 160 salaries. An experienced Government Affairs Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 172 salaries. A Government Affairs Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,226

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Government Affairs Directors, 32 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbia, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (28 percent less and 22 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Government Affairs Director

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

▲18%

▲17%

National Average
$104,000

▼6%

▼37%

Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

Policy Development
▲13%

▲2%

Legislative Policy
▼0%

National Average
$104,000



Public Speaking
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 7%