Public Affairs Specialist Salary

Public Affairs Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $57K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Public Affairs Specialists (65 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Public Affairs Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,729 - $86,325

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$13.69 - $36.41

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,729 - $86,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$2,150 - $6,500  
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$36,457 - $88,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $36.41  
   
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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$36,457 - $88,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 only report a few specific skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. Most people skilled in Corporate Communications are similarly competent 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. Public Affairs Specialists bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $68K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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 Houston (+11 percent) and Denver (+6 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 16%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$56,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 5%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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