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Highest Paying States for Legislators

The highest paying states for legislators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of legislators in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $91,910, New York is the highest paying state for legislators. It is followed by Puerto Rico (average annual salary $68,730). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of legislators in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Legislators

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 New York
$91,910
$74,210 6,310
2 Puerto Rico
$68,730
$18,960 90
3 Nevada
$61,900
$18,260 200
4 Hawaii
$58,200
$52,130 120
5 California
$54,840
$32,880 2,970
6 Alaska
$51,110
$28,460 110
7 Pennsylvania
$48,260
$16,900 2,110
8 Washington
$47,480
$22,890 970
9 Colorado
$44,290
$19,520 640
10 South Dakota
$43,940
$32,490 100
11 Florida
$41,800
$18,850 1,410
12 Maryland
$37,730
$18,840 610
13 Connecticut
$37,260
$21,020 380
14 Iowa
$36,310
$17,130 1,330
15 Wyoming
$35,380
$25,430 70
16 Arizona
$35,340
$20,820 600
17 Oklahoma
$34,800
$17,020 710
18 Texas
$32,290
$16,500 1,810
19 Montana
$30,290
$17,750 310
20 Oregon
$24,550
$19,780 150
21 New Jersey
$22,290
$17,680 3,030
22 Indiana
$21,960
$16,490 1,440
23 Rhode Island
$20,570
$20,550 110
24 Minnesota
$20,240
$20,040 1,190
25 Illinois
$20,130
$18,180 3,410
26 Tennessee
$20,100
$16,560 850
27 Nebraska
$19,670
$19,070 990
28 West Virginia
$19,670
$18,620 530
29 Louisiana
$19,440
$16,480 660
30 Michigan
$19,350
$18,670 2,100
31 Ohio
$19,190
$17,860 3,040
32 Massachusetts
$19,150
$17,560 950
33 Arkansas
$18,950
$17,940 1,010
34 Missouri
$18,950
$16,920 1,230
35 New Mexico
$18,930
$16,680 490
36 Alabama
$18,910
$16,310 1,100
37 Wisconsin
$18,830
$16,400 930
38 Utah
$18,810
$16,240 690
39 Virginia
$18,700
$16,250 570
40 Mississippi
$18,510
$16,380 660
41 Kansas
$18,300
$16,020 830
42 Georgia
$18,290
$16,100 1,920
43 North Dakota
$18,250
$15,910 500
44 New Hampshire
$17,960
$16,130 430
45 South Carolina
$17,910
$16,080 840
46 Idaho
$17,820
$16,420 550

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of legislators in those states is not available at this time.

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