Public Affairs Specialist Salary

For Public Affairs Specialists, annual average wages total $57K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Public Affairs Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Affairs Specialists. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,322 - $87,997
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$39K
$57K
$88K
MEDIAN: $56,738
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$14.68 - $37.39
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$23
$37
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,322 - $87,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$4,150  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$38,566 - $90,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $37.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,150  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$38,566 - $90,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Public Affairs Specialist

Public affairs specialists are responsible for raising awareness for their organization and its services, ensuring that their organization is viewed in a positive light. They frequently work with media and other outside individuals and organizations through tasks such as conducting news conferences, distributing news releases, and planning and hosting events. They also produce a wide variety of materials for distribution to the media and general public, such as news releases, presentations, brochures, newsletters, email, social media postings and materials on 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


Survey results show that Public Affairs Specialists typically report just a few professional 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. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Affairs Specialists make a median salary of $65K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Public Affairs Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,010

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Public Affairs Specialists in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent) and Denver (+7 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%



National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$56,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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