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Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Public Affairs Specialists in the United States take home approximately $56K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Public Affairs Specialists (67 percent) who took the survey are female. For the most part, Public Affairs Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,186 - $85,095
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$38K
$56K
$85K
MEDIAN: $56,110
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$13.14 - $36.53
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,186 - $85,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Total Pay (?
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$35,745 - $87,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $36.53  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $51.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
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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$35,745 - $87,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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


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. It is often found that people who know Media / Public Relations are also skilled in Corporate Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialist

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


For Public Affairs Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. On average, Public Affairs Specialists make $67K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Public Affairs Specialists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 11%


National Average
$55,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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