Government Affairs Director Salary

Average pay for a Government Affairs Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $99K per year. Total cash compensation for Government Affairs Directors runs from $61K to $182K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $37K and profit sharing that can reach almost $27K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Government Affairs Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Government Affairs Directors (62 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,932 - $164,654
$61K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $99,173
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$0$181K
Salary $60,932 - $164,654
Bonus $766 - $36,569
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $27,148
Commission $25,000
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$61,449 - $181,713
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 395

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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


Government Affairs Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Policy Development, Lobbying, Legislative Policy, and Policy Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Public Speaking. Most people who know Legislative Policy also know 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: $101,551

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 Boston (+29 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). Government Affairs Directors in Columbia earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Chicago (26 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Government Affairs Director?

Government Affairs Director in Dallas:
Pros: Friendly and helpful co-workers.
Cons: Salary and compensation.

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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 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

▲21%

▲20%

National Average
$102,000

▼4%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

Policy Development
▲16%

▲5%

Legislative Policy
▲3%


National Average
$102,000


Public Speaking
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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