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Legislator Salary Information in Montana

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Montana are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators among Montana 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 Montana

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,750
25th Percentile Wage
$18,670
50th Percentile Wage
$30,290
75th Percentile Wage
$57,330
90th Percentile Wage
$75,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Montana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $75,760. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $30,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,750.

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 Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$30,290
-38.23% 21.03%
2016
$41,870
39.48% -
2015
$25,340
-20.99% -
2014
$30,660
13.89% -
2013
$26,400
9.39% -
2012
$23,920
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Montana Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Montana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Montana ranges from $19,220 to $48,810. The highest paying area for legislators in Montana is Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $48,810. The second highest paying city/area in Montana State is Billings (mean annual salary $29,750). The lowest paying area is Western Montana nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $19,220.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$48,810
Billings
$29,750
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
$29,410
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$19,480
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
$19,220




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