Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Public Affairs Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $58K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Affairs Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Affairs Specialists making up 70 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,786 - $90,123
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$58K
$90K
MEDIAN: $57,725
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$17.49 - $45.01
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MEDIAN: $22.71
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$0$91K
Salary $39,786 - $90,123
Bonus $496.65 - $13,087
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$39,828 - $91,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 156
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $17.49 - $45.01
Overtime $27.00
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $496.65 - $13,087
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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$39,828 - $91,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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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 report just a handful of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. Those proficient in Corporate Communications are, more often than not, also skilled in Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Public Affairs Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Affairs Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 89 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Affairs Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Public Affairs Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 42 salaries. A Public Affairs Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,140

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

Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Public Affairs Specialists, 15 percent higher than the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent) and Denver (+6 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Public Affairs Specialist

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

▲54%

▲20%

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
▲20%



National Average
$56,000


Marketing Communications
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 13%
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