The average Public Information Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. In the world of Public Information Officers, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $79K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Information Officers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. More than half of Public Information Officers (67 percent) survey participants are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,692 - $79,833
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $52,104
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90%

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$14.19 - $29.67
(Median)
$14
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,692 - $79,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$34,398 - $79,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $29.67  
   
Overtime
$29.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
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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$34,398 - $79,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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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

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


Public Information Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $46K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Information Officers make a median salary of $61K. Public Information Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $75K.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 14%

Graphic Design
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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