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Legislator Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators among Iowa areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Legislators in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,130
25th Percentile Wage
$20,510
50th Percentile Wage
$36,310
75th Percentile Wage
$114,010
90th Percentile Wage
$124,790

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $124,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,130.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
No Data
25th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for legislators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is No Data.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,31048.58%48.50%
201518,670-98.34%-
201437,03046.64%-
201319,7605.36%-
201218,700--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Iowa ranges from $18,470 to $111,710. The highest paying area for legislators in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $111,710. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $27,770). The lowest paying area is Cedar Rapids with a median annual salary of $18,470.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$111,710
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$27,770
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$27,650
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$23,190
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$21,470
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$19,890
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$19,140
Cedar Rapids
$18,470


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