An average Public Affairs Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $58K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Public Affairs Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Female Public Affairs Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,377 - $91,071
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$39K
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$91K
MEDIAN: $57,933
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$17.95 - $45.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,377 - $91,071  
   
Bonus
$970 - $12,186  
Profit Sharing
$4,150  
Total Pay (?
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$39,356 - $92,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.95 - $45.13  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$970 - $12,186  
   
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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$39,356 - $92,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 takers who work as Public Affairs Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Community Outreach / Activism, Corporate Communications, and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 12 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Communications. Most people skilled in Corporate Communications are similarly competent 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Public Affairs Specialists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $50K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $58K. Public Affairs Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,626

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

For Public Affairs Specialists, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent) and Houston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 18 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 32%


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%

National Average
$56,000

Social Media Marketing
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Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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