Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Government Affairs Directors approaches anywhere from $62K on the lower end to $182K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $37K from bonuses and upwards of $27K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men make up the majority of Government Affairs Directors (62 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Government Affairs Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,507 - $163,094
$61K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,732
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50%
90%

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$31.00 - $93.00
$55
MEDIAN: $55.00
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$0$182K
Salary $60,507 - $163,094
Bonus $727 - $37,620
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $21,777
Commission $25,000
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).
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$61,020 - $182,520
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 399
Hourly Data $0$93
Hourly Rate $55.00
Annual Data $0$182K
Bonus $727 - $37,620
Commission $25,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $21,777
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).
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$61,020 - $182,520
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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.

Common Career Paths for Government Affairs Director


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Government Affairs Directors who move on to become VPs of Government Affairs may enjoy significant pay raises, as VPs of Government Affairs get paid an average of $138K per year.

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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, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Public Speaking. The majority of those 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: $100,989

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). Government Affairs Directors in Columbia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. 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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

▲22%

▲21%

National Average
$101,000

▼3%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

Policy Development
▲16%

▲5%

Legislative Policy
▲4%


National Average
$101,000


Public Speaking
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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