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Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Median pay for Public Affairs Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $56K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Public Affairs Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,295 - $85,249
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$38K
$56K
$85K
MEDIAN: $56,110
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$12.97 - $36.92
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$21
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,295 - $85,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
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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$35,594 - $86,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $36.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
   
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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$35,594 - $86,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Communications. Those educated in Media / Public Relations tend to be well versed in Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Public Affairs Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Public Affairs Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Public Affairs Specialists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+7 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 14%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
0%

National Average
$56,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%