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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 amongst Iowa cities 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
48.58% 48.50%
-98.34% -
46.64% -
5.36% -
- -

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 $28,380). 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
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
Iowa City
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
Cedar Rapids


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