Government Affairs Director Salary

Government Affairs Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Government Affairs Directors. Salaries average out to around $95K annually and spread from $57K to $179K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $38K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $57K and hits $179K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Government Affairs Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men working as Government Affairs Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,279 - $151,525
MEDIAN: $94,511

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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.
$55,279 - $151,525  
$0.00 - $37,873  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $38,350  
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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).
$56,577 - $179,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Legislative Policy, Lobbying, Policy Analysis, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.

For many Government Affairs Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $67K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $92K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $106K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $140K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Government Affairs Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Government Affairs Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+26 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Government Affairs Directors in Albany earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Columbia and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 percent lower and 23 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 85 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: 71% employee benefits None: 3%