Public Information Officer Salary

Median pay for Public Information Officers in the United States is around $54K annually. Compensation ranges from $36K on the lower end to $81K per year on the higher end. There are more female Public Information Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Public Information Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,975 - $80,881
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,617
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$12.37 - $31.25
(Median)
$12
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,975 - $80,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
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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$35,922 - $81,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $65.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
   
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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$35,922 - $81,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Public Information Officers often end up in upper-level roles like Communications Director. Communications Directors bring home $62K annually on average.

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Public Information Officers note just a narrow range 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. Media / Public Relations is a skill commonly found among those who know Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Information Officer

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


Public Information Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Information Officers make a median salary of $58K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $64K.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

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
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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