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Public Information Officer Salary

Median pay for Public Information Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. Earnings generally vary between $37K and $82K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Women make up the majority of Public Information Officers (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Public Information Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,327 - $81,526
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,746
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90%

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$12.26 - $31.36
(Median)
$12
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,327 - $81,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,977  
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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$36,972 - $82,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $31.36  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $65.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,977  
   
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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$36,972 - $82,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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.

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Typical Public Information Officers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Marketing Communications can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications. It is not unusual for someone who knows Marketing Communications to be familiar with Media / Public Relations as well.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. Public Information Officers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Public Information Officers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $63K.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%