Public Affairs Specialist Salary

For Public Affairs Specialists, yearly average wages total $57K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Public Affairs Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Public Affairs Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,601 - $85,940
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MEDIAN: $57,292
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$13.64 - $36.53
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$0.00 - $8,027  
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$36,297 - $88,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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$13.64 - $36.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.39  
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$0.00 - $8,027  
   
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$36,297 - $88,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Public Affairs Specialist

Public affairs specialists are responsible for developing materials to help raise positive awareness for their organization and its services, as well as working with media and other outside individuals and organizations as necessary. Examples of the materials developed by these specialists may include news releases, presentations given to the public, brochures and newsletters, and Internet-based means such as email, social media, and their organization's website.

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Public Affairs Specialist Tasks

  • Respond to inquiries from the public and the media.
  • Serve as adviser to agency leaders.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the agency.
  • Develop materials to promote agency's services for web sites, news releases, and public presentations.
  • Coordinate agency's communications with media and government representatives.

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Popular Skills for Public Affairs Specialist


Public Affairs Specialists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. Most people experienced in Corporate Communications also know Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialist

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


Public Affairs Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Public Affairs Specialists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+6 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 18%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$56,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 7%

Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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