Salary for Legislators

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Also known as: City Alderman, City Council Member, Congressional Representative, Councilor, Legislator, Member of Congress, Selectman, Senator, Tribal Council Member
While legislators do not necessarily have to have specific degrees in order to qualify for that position, they typically have at least a bachelor's degree or higher. They must also meet pre-set age and residency obligations. Salary caps are typically set by local, state, and federal regulations. Responsibilities and time commitment varies depending on what level a legislator serves at. It is important to note that those serving in Congress or in the House of Representatives fall into an entirely different legislative category. On the whole, there are many skills that legislators need, including public speaking, a knowledge of local, state, and national issues, the ability to work well with others even across party lines, and the ability to make quick, informed, and often tough decisions.

Employees who work in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Public Service, where they get average job salaries of $38470.

The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Legislator, please select your state.

ANNUAL SALARY

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.11 percent nationwide in that time.
Legislators tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration
$38,470
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration
$38,470

SALARY COMPARISON BY STATE

HIGHEST PAYING

Legislators have the highest average income in the following states
Indiana
$91,460
New York
$76,230
Puerto Rico
$62,450
Washington
$57,070
Arizona
$52,420
California
$51,010
Hawaii
$45,150

LOWEST PAYING

The following states have the lowest average wages for this career
New Hampshire
$16,680
South Carolina
$17,090
Rhode Island
$17,990
Louisiana
$18,460
Wisconsin
$18,670
Alabama
$18,840
Minnesota
$20,420

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