Public Information Officer Salary

Average Public Information Officers in the United States make around $53K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $34K to $82K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Public Information Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Most Public Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,081 - $82,736
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$83K
MEDIAN: $53,337
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$12.95 - $28.91
(Median)
$13
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,081 - $82,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$33,815 - $82,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $28.91  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $65.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$33,815 - $82,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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

  • 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.
  • Design and implement techniques that support effective use of digital and social media by agency staff and partners.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Public Information Officer


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Many Public Information Officers advance their careers by becoming Communications Directors, who report a slightly higher median income of $62K.

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Survey results show that Public Information Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Media / Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media Marketing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing. Many workers who know Marketing Communications also know Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Information Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $51K. Public Information Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Public Information Officers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $65K.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Media / Public Relations
0%

National Average
$52,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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