Public Affairs Specialist Salary

The average Public Affairs Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $58K per year. 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. Job satisfaction for Public Affairs Specialists is high. Most Public Affairs Specialists survey respondents are women (70 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,824 - $91,809
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$59K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,233
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$16.32 - $31.19
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MEDIAN: $22.12
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$0$91K
Salary $39,824 - $91,809
Bonus $500 - $13,000
Total Pay (?
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$39,463 - $91,548
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 159
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $16.32 - $31.19
Overtime $27.00
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $500 - $13,000
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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$39,463 - $91,548
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Public Affairs Specialist

Public affairs specialists are responsible for raising awareness for their organization and its services, ensuring that their organization is viewed in a positive light. They frequently work with media and other outside individuals and organizations through tasks such as conducting news conferences, distributing news releases, and planning and hosting events. They also produce a wide variety of materials for distribution to the media and general public, such as news releases, presentations, brochures, newsletters, email, social media postings and materials on their organization's website.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Public Affairs Specialist


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Public Affairs Specialists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Public Affairs Officer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for Public Affairs Specialist


Public Affairs Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Community Outreach / Activism, Corporate Communications, Media / Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications and Social Media Marketing. Those familiar with Corporate Communications also tend to know Social Media Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Affairs Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Public Affairs Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Affairs Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 89 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Affairs Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Public Affairs Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 42 salaries. A Public Affairs Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,091

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, Public Affairs Specialists in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Public Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+10 percent) and Denver (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Public Affairs Specialists earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average.

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Key Stats for Public Affairs Specialist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

▲49%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$58,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
▲16%


National Average
$58,000



Marketing Communications
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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