Public Information Officer Salary

Earnings for Public Information Officers in the United States come in at around $52K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses which peak near $4K, total cash payment to Public Information Officers can bottom out near $35K or peak near $77K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Public Information Officers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Most Public Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,518 - $77,550
$36K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,874
10%
50%
90%

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$14.34 - $34.28
$14
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.42
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50%
90%

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$0$77K
Salary $35,518 - $77,550
Bonus $0.00 - $3,512
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$34,696 - $77,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 151
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $14.34 - $34.28
Overtime $1.51 - $59.60
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,512
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$34,696 - $77,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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Job Description for Public Information Officer

A public information officer is generally employed within a government agency, and this person is primarily responsible for maintaining positive public relations between the government and the citizens. This position will typically work within an office type of environment. However, light travel is often required. This can be a part-time position for smaller agencies and governments. Oftentimes, the hours required of this person can be during evenings and weekends. This person will typically work independently but will report to the city manager, mayor, or other head of government. A public information officer should typically hold a bachelor’s degree in a field such as journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications.

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Public Information Officer Tasks

  • Work closely with the communications team, agency leadership and at-large staff to develop digital and social media content to achieve agency strategic priorities.
  • Monitor and report on results using analytic tools, and make ongoing improvements.
  • Design and implement techniques that support effective use of digital and social media by agency staff and partners.
  • Use a variety of social media platforms to converse with key stakeholders, and to increase engagement and interaction with agency customers.
  • Coordinate and execute social media campaigns to achieve mission-driven goals.

Common Career Paths for Public Information Officer


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Public Information Officers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Communications Director. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Information Officer

Pay by Experience for a Public Information Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Information Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 86 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Information Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Public Information Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 42 salaries. A Public Information Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Public Information Officer

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

▲43%

▲19%

National Average
$51,000

▼3%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Corporate Communications
▲14%

Web Content Management
▲2%

Social Media Marketing
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Media / Public Relations
▼2%

Marketing Communications
▼2%

Graphic Design
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 9%
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