$60,448
Avg. Salary
$23.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,750

Bonus

$3,300

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Public Affairs Specialist is $23.92 per hour.

The average pay for a Public Affairs Specialist is $60,448 per year.

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$17.16
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$23.92
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$35.75
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MEDIAN $23.92
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$40k
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$92k
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MEDIAN $60,448
$40,420 - $92,454
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MEDIAN: $60,448
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$0$92K
Salary $40,420 - $92,454
Bonus $964 - $10,933
Profit Sharing $3,300
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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$40,142 - $92,618
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 297
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $17.16 - $35.75
Overtime $27.00
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $964 - $10,933
Profit Sharing $3,300
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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$40,142 - $92,618
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 26

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.

Public Affairs Specialist Job Listings

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: $59,953

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
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

▲44%

▲12%

National Average
$60,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
▲12%


National Average
$60,000



Marketing Communications
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 13%