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Legislator Salary Information

The salary statistics of legislators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of legislators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The legislators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Legislator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$87,880
75th Percentile Wage
$59,720
50th Percentile Wage
$20,180
25th Percentile Wage
$18,010
10th Percentile Wage
$16,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) legislators is $87,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,710. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 425% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $20,180 -2.13%
2013 $20,620 4.25%
2012 $19,780 0.76%
2011 $19,630 1.92%
2010 $19,260 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for legislators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.78%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 4.25%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.76% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 1.92% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Legislators vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Chief Executives
$173,320
General and Operations Managers
$97,270
Legislators
$20,180

Table 4. Legislator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of legislators in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$20,180

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Legislators by States

From the above tables we note that not only legislators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of legislators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,550 to $83,220. The highest paying state for legislators is New York with a median annual salary of $83,220. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $17,550. For more salary information of legislators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$83,220
Washington
$65,770
Hawaii
$57,820
Colorado
$57,310
California
$55,430
South Dakota
$39,850
Iowa
$37,030
Wyoming
$35,490
Nevada
$34,870
Oklahoma
$34,130
Connecticut
$33,020
Florida
$32,440
Montana
$30,660
Arizona
$26,670
Oregon
$22,620
New Jersey
$22,290
Maryland
$22,200
Kansas
$21,930
Utah
$19,480
Illinois
$19,380
Pennsylvania
$19,190
West Virginia
$19,120
Ohio
$19,020
Mississippi
$19,000
Michigan
$18,860
New Mexico
$18,660
Virginia
$18,650
Tennessee
$18,620
Texas
$18,610
Alabama
$18,450
Rhode Island
$18,420
Minnesota
$18,200
Missouri
$18,150
Nebraska
$18,140
Wisconsin
$18,140
Louisiana
$18,130
Georgia
$18,070
Idaho
$17,950
New Hampshire
$17,920
South Carolina
$17,810
Arkansas
$17,550


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