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Public Affairs Specialist Salary (United States)

An average Public Affairs Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Public Affairs Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Public Affairs Specialists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Public Affairs Specialist Salary (?
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$37,924 - $84,977
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MEDIAN: $55,789
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Public Affairs Specialist Salary (?
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$12.97 - $35.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,924 - $84,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
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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$35,607 - $85,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $35.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
   
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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$35,607 - $85,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing and Marketing Communications. Media / Public Relations is a skill commonly found among those who know Corporate Communications.

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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Public Affairs Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $66K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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National Average
$55,000
San Antonio
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For Public Affairs Specialists, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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National Average
$55,000
Marketing Communications
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%