Government Affairs Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $100K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Government Affairs Directors spread between $60K and $176K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Government Affairs Directors. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,586 - $159,057
MEDIAN: $99,777

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$59,586 - $159,057  
$875 - $30,441  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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$60,351 - $176,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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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

  • 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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Lobbying, Legislative Policy, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Public Speaking. For most people, competency in Legislative Policy indicates knowledge of Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Government Affairs Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Government Affairs Directors. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $120K. Government Affairs Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,877

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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Government Affairs Directors, 35 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and Washington (+20 percent). Government Affairs Directors in Denver earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Albany (24 percent lower) and Indianapolis (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

Legislative Policy


Policy Analysis

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Media / Public Relations
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%