Government Affairs Director Salary

Average pay for Government Affairs Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($101K). With some bonuses approaching $32K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Government Affairs Directors spread between $61K and $182K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. More than half of Government Affairs Directors (61 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,717 - $164,754
$61K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,972
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Salary
$60,717 - $164,754  
   
Bonus
$766 - $32,431  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
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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$61,437 - $181,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 394

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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 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

National Average: $104,065

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Government Affairs Director

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

▲18%

▲17%

National Average
$104,000

▼6%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries


▲1%


Policy Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$104,000

Public Speaking
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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