Government Affairs Director Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Government Affairs Directors (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $98K. Total cash compensation to Government Affairs Directors ranges from $58K on the lower end to $182K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $39K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Male Government Affairs Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Government Affairs Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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

Survey results imply that Government Affairs Directors put a diverse skill set to use. 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, 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $108K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income 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, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Government Affairs Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+32 percent), Houston (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Government Affairs Directors is geography, with workers in Albany earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Columbus (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
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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%