Public Information Officer Salary

Public Information Officers in the United States take home an average $51K per year. Total cash earnings of Public Information Officers range from $33K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount includes bonuses that can sometimes (albeit rarely) exceed $4K. Experience level 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. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Information Officers making up 74 percent. The majority of Public Information Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,123 - $76,008
$35K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,740
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$14.29 - $29.52
$14
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.72
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,123 - $76,008  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
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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$33,480 - $75,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
   
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).
)
$33,480 - $75,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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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For Public Information Officers, progressing to a Communications Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Communications Director can earn $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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Public Information Officers. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $46K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $49K. Public Information Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $73K on average.

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Key Stats for Public Information Officer

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Public Information Officer Salaries

▲46%

▲21%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Public Information Officer Salaries

Corporate Communications
▲17%

Web Content Management
▲4%

Social Media Marketing
▲2%

Media / Public Relations
▼0%

Marketing Communications
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

Graphic Design
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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