Government Affairs Director Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Government Affairs Directors. The median take-home amount in this area is around $98K, and on average, more than a third of that final number comes from commissions. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $39K, total cash payment to Government Affairs Directors can bottom out at $58K or peak near $182K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Government Affairs Directors making up 56 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$56,567 - $155,076
MEDIAN: $96,221

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$56,567 - $155,076  
$482.88 - $38,629  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $39,389  
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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).
$58,387 - $181,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 596
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Lobbying, Legislative Policy, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Public Speaking, Media / Public Relations, and Policy Analysis. 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.

For many Government Affairs Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. Government Affairs Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,262

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 (+32 percent), Houston (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Government Affairs Director's salary, with Albany Government Affairs Directors earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects Government Affairs Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Government Affairs Director Salaries


National Average

Legislative Policy
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Policy Analysis
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 4%