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Average Public Affairs Specialist Salary

$61,991
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$2,750
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The average salary for a Public Affairs Specialist is $61,991.
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$41k
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$93k
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What Do Public Affairs Specialists Do?

Public Affairs Specialist Tasks
  • Develop materials to promote agency's services for web sites, news releases, and public presentations.
  • Coordinate agency's communications with media and government representatives.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the agency.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and the media.
  • Serve as adviser to agency leaders.

Job Satisfaction for Public Affairs Specialist

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What Are Popular Skills for Public Affairs Specialists?

Skills in Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Community Outreach / Activism, Social Media Marketing and Media / Public Relations.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialists?

An entry-level Public Affairs Specialist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $45,500 based on 13 salaries. An early career Public Affairs Specialist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,773 based on 86 salaries. A mid-career Public Affairs Specialist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,616 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Public Affairs Specialist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,825 based on 64 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $91,811.
Employees with Public Affairs Specialist in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 41.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (32.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (11.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Arlington, Virginia (8.1% less) and Chicago, Illinois (7.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 272 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.8%
Early Career
31.6%
Mid Career
32.4%
Experienced
23.5%
Late Career
7.7%