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Legislator Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators amongst Pennsylvania 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,900
25th Percentile Wage
$18,760
50th Percentile Wage
$48,260
75th Percentile Wage
$81,060
90th Percentile Wage
$98,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $98,800. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,900.

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
2017
$48,260
58.23% 43.62%
2016
$20,160
4.71% -
2015
$19,210
0.10% -
2014
$19,190
-41.79% -
2013
$27,210
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $17,780 to $53,380. The highest paying area for legislators in Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh with a median annual salary of $53,380. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $50,270). The lowest paying area is Reading with a median annual salary of $17,780.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Pittsburgh
$53,380
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$50,270
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$46,030
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$45,930
Philadelphia
$39,180
Lancaster
$35,690
Newark-Union
$26,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$24,510
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$19,950
Altoona
$19,690
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$19,480
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$19,230
Johnstown
$19,130
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$19,100
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$18,900
York-Hanover
$18,370
Lebanon
$18,320
Williamsport
$17,990
Reading
$17,780




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