Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Public Affairs Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $59K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Public Affairs Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,459 - $91,296
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$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $58,857
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$17.77 - $45.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,459 - $91,296  
   
Bonus
$993 - $12,365  
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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$39,642 - $93,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.77 - $45.45  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$993 - $12,365  
   
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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$39,642 - $93,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Public Affairs Specialist


Public Affairs Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Community Outreach / Activism, Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. It is often found that people who know Corporate Communications are also skilled in 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 a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Public Affairs Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $50K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $60K. Public Affairs Specialists see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Public Affairs Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,251

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

For Public Affairs Specialists, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent) and Houston (+5 percent). Public Affairs Specialists in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Public Affairs Specialist

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

▲51%

▲24%

▲4%

National Average
$57,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
▲18%


Media / Public Relations
▼0%

National Average
$57,000


Marketing Communications
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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