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Public Information Officer Salary

Median pay for Public Information Officers in the United States is around $54K per year. Earnings generally vary between $37K and $82K per year. Most Public Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Public Information Officers (66 percent) who took the survey are female. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,467 - $81,334
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,943
10%
50%
90%

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$12.26 - $31.36
(Median)
$12
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
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
$38,467 - $81,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,096  
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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$37,280 - $81,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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 - $4,096  
   
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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$37,280 - $81,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.

Common Career Paths for Public Information Officer


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A lot of Public Information Officers move on to become Communications Directors, that group gets paid a slightly higher $62K on average.

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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. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Public Information Officers see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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