Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Earnings for Public Affairs Specialists in the United States come in at around $59K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Public Affairs Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Most Public Affairs Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,582 - $90,433
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$59K
$90K
MEDIAN: $58,779
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$17.70 - $44.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,582 - $90,433  
   
Bonus
$500 - $12,335  
Profit Sharing
$4,150  
Total Pay (?
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$39,720 - $92,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $44.47  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$500 - $12,335  
   
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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$39,720 - $92,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 report using a wide range 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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: $57,046

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

With a pay rate for Public Affairs Specialists that is 13 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+10 percent) and Denver (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

▲52%

▲18%

▲5%

National Average
$57,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
▲18%



National Average
$57,000


Marketing Communications
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%