Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Public Affairs Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women account for the majority of Public Affairs Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Affairs Specialists. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,704 - $86,588
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$39K
$58K
$87K
MEDIAN: $57,869
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$13.64 - $36.53
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,704 - $86,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$2,150 - $6,500  
Total Pay (?
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$36,402 - $89,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $36.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,150 - $6,500  
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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$36,402 - $89,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Job skills reported by Public Affairs Specialists are limited. Most notably, skills in Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. Those educated in Corporate Communications tend to be well versed 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.


For Public Affairs Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Affairs Specialists make a median salary of $68K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Public Affairs Specialists, 26 percent higher than the national average. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 20 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 17%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$56,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 6%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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