Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around three in five of Government Affairs Directors. Pay fluctuates from $58K to $180K per year, but expected earnings average $95K annually. Overall cash earnings of Government Affairs Directors stretch from $58K near the bottom to $180K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $39K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Government Affairs Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up a slight majority of Government Affairs Directors (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,325 - $152,226
MEDIAN: $94,887

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$56,325 - $152,226  
$0.00 - $38,681  
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$350.00 - $38,235  
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$57,749 - $180,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 541
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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

Typical Government Affairs Directors report a focused set of job 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. Most people experienced in Legislative Policy also know Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Government Affairs Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $68K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $91K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $107K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $137K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Government Affairs Directors, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Government Affairs Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+25 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Government Affairs Directors in Albany earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Atlanta and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent less).

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.


46 %
54 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%