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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 $90,300, 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 2017 [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
$90,300
$72,040 6,530
2 Puerto Rico
$68,730
$18,960 90
3 Hawaii
$58,480
$51,790 140
4 California
$55,670
$33,290 3,130
5 Washington
$55,070
$20,210 930
6 Alaska
$50,840
$27,540 100
7 South Dakota
$43,940
$32,490 100
8 Montana
$41,870
$17,890 290
9 Colorado
$41,700
$18,010 650
10 Oklahoma
$40,450
$16,570 670
11 Florida
$39,900
$26,000 1,610
12 Connecticut
$37,050
$19,980 380
13 Wyoming
$36,620
$25,750 70
14 Nevada
$36,340
$19,500 190
15 Iowa
$36,310
$17,130 1,400
16 Maryland
$35,470
$17,900 550
17 Texas
$33,270
$16,490 1,710
18 Arizona
$29,370
$18,840 600
19 Oregon
$23,600
$19,810 160
20 New Jersey
$22,290
$17,680 2,990
21 Indiana
$20,930
$16,420 1,590
22 Pennsylvania
$20,160
$16,460 1,940
23 Rhode Island
$20,100
$19,970 160
24 Illinois
$19,600
$17,980 3,600
25 Minnesota
$19,530
$18,990 1,520
26 West Virginia
$19,530
$18,460 530
27 Nebraska
$19,430
$18,850 1,070
28 Michigan
$19,420
$18,020 1,970
29 Massachusetts
$19,150
$17,560 960
30 Utah
$19,050
$16,210 630
31 New Mexico
$19,010
$16,690 450
32 Tennessee
$19,000
$16,260 1,090
33 Ohio
$18,880
$17,520 3,420
34 Wisconsin
$18,830
$16,400 1,390
35 Louisiana
$18,730
$16,240 750
36 Kansas
$18,660
$16,130 940
37 Alabama
$18,560
$16,180 1,210
38 Virginia
$18,560
$16,190 580
39 Arkansas
$18,530
$17,020 1,030
40 Missouri
$18,470
$16,620 1,050
41 Mississippi
$18,270
$16,080 890
42 Georgia
$18,230
$16,030 2,170
43 New Hampshire
$17,850
$15,940 380
44 Idaho
$17,840
$16,220 780
45 North Dakota
$17,790
$15,910 330
46 South Carolina
$17,780
$15,940 910

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

See also: Highest paying industries for legislators, Top Paying Jobs in America.