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Public Information Officer Salary

Pay for Public Information Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $52K annually. Earnings generally vary between $38K and $78K per year. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of Public Information Officers (68 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,423 - $79,038
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,303
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$12.37 - $31.25
(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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,423 - $79,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,141  
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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$37,724 - $78,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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 (?
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 - $5,141  
   
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).
)
$37,724 - $78,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

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Job skills reported by Public Information Officers are limited. Media / Public Relations and Social Media Marketing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Marketing Communications and Media / Public Relations are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Information Officers make a median salary of $56K. Public Information Officers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $62K.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$52,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%