The average Public Information Officer in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Cash earnings for Public Information Officers — including $4K in bonuses at the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $77K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Public Information Officers survey respondents are women (71 percent). For the most part, Public Information Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,234 - $78,299
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$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,722
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$14.29 - $29.52
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,234 - $78,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$34,055 - $77,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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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$34,055 - $77,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • Design and implement techniques that support effective use of digital and social media by agency staff and partners.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Public Information Officer


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Public Information Officers who transition into a Communications Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year.

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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.


For many Public Information Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $45K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. 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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Key Stats for Public Information Officer

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Web Content Management
up arrow 4%


National Average
$50,000


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 10%

Graphic Design
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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