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Legislator Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of legislators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare legislator salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Legislators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,480
25th Percentile Wage
$18,860
50th Percentile Wage
$25,630
75th Percentile Wage
$70,130
90th Percentile Wage
$97,510

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) legislators is $97,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid legislators is $17,480.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legislators in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$25,630
8.43% 22.82%
2016
$23,470
12.65% -
2015
$20,500
1.56% -
2014
$20,180
-2.18% -
2013
$20,620
4.07% -
2012
$19,780
- -

Compare Legislator Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of legislators in six industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for legislator occupations is the state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $36,670. The lowest paying industry is the local government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $23,710). For detailed legislator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$36,670
State government, including schools and hospitals
$36,670
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$25,630
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$25,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$23,710
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$23,710

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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