Statements of Principle
Closing the Wage Gap Within the Field of Government Relations
Background: Despite a growing optimism about the profession generally, and increase in number of women in the field, men and women of similar titles and roles, within similar organizations, are not being compensated equally. According to a 2016 compensation survey of over 2,000 government relations professionals of all levels, the compensation gap by job title and employment sector ranges from 68 cents on the dollar to 89 cents on the dollar. Further, the compensation gap based on years’ experience and employment sector ranges from 80 cents on the dollar for those with less than 10 years’ experience, to 88 cents on the dollar for those with more than 16 years’ experience. The equitable compensation of women is critical for the future of our profession.
WGR Position: Women in Government Relations (WGR) strongly supports pay equity and parity for government relations professionals of similar titles, roles, years in the profession and organizations, regardless of gender. We are dedicated to improving compensation for women in government relations positions to ensure parity and equity between men and women for the same job.
WGR’s Commitment to Eliminating the Wage Gap: WGR’s mission, vision and strategic direction recognize the growing importance and role of women in the field, and that government relations professionals – specifically women – are leading advocates within their organizations as well as in their official role as government relations professionals.
 Insights from the Women in Government Relations Compensation Survey with Bloomberg Government
Established January 2018