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Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $93K per year on average but can range from $55K to $179K per year. Cash earnings of Government Affairs Directors can occasionally include $38K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $55K to almost $179K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Government Affairs Directors (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,793 - $151,610
MEDIAN: $93,074

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$53,793 - $151,610  
$502 - $37,615  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $38,995  
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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).
$54,862 - $179,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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

  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Legislative Policy, Lobbying, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Media / Public Relations and Policy Analysis. Most people experienced in Legislative Policy also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $90K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $143K.

Pay Difference by Location

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Government Affairs Directors, 44 percent higher than the national average. Government Affairs Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Government Affairs Director's salary, with Albany Government Affairs Directors earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbia and Denver (24 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.


44 %
56 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%