WASHINGTON, DC: A new survey commissioned by the Foundation for Public Affairs has found that Washington’s corporate lobbyists are among the top-paid people in the communications profession.
WASHINGTON, DC: A new survey commissioned by the Foundation for
Public Affairs has found that Washington’s corporate lobbyists are among
the top-paid people in the communications profession.
The 1999-2000 Corporate Washington Office Compensation Survey,
commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Hay Management
Consultants, found that the executive head of a corporate Washington
office averaged dollars 177,961 in base salary.
Hay tapped 72 corporations, which in turn provided salary information
for seven staff positions, from executive head of the office through
While the base salary may seem paltry when compared to other
professional communicators - especially top-level corporate and agency
pros - 94% are eligible for bonuses averaging 35.4% of their base
salaries. Moreover, salaries increased an average of 6% from 1998.
The executive heads of lobbying groups also enjoy a wide range of
More than 70% get stock options; 63.9% get special parking (though
’only’ 27.8% get a company-provided car and less than 20% get an auto
allowance); and 55.6% have company-paid memberships in luncheon clubs.
Despite the perception that much business is conducted on the golf
course, only 25% enjoy company-paid country club memberships.
While many PR pros may be envious of the high salaries and perks, these
corporate lobbyists are being paid a pittance when compared to some
association lobbying hot-shots, according to a listing in the September
issue of Washingtonian Magazine.
Roy Neel, head of the United States Telephone Association, reels in
dollars 724,000, while Hilary Rosen of the Recording Industry
Association of America and Frank Fahrenkopf of the American Gaming
Association each make a cool dollars 900,000. Fahrenkopf, unbelievably,
represents a mere 20 casino operators.
For a copy of the survey, contact the foundation at (202) 872-1750.