National » Management » Legislators

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Legislator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,480
25th Percentile Wage
$18,860
50th Percentile Wage
$25,630
75th Percentile Wage
$70,130
90th Percentile Wage
$97,510

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 $97,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,480. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 457% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$25,630
8.43% 22.82%
2016
$23,470
12.65% -
2015
$20,500
1.56% -
2014
$20,180
-2.18% -
2013
$20,620
4.07% -
2012
$19,780
- -

Table 2. Legislator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of legislators in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$25,630

Table 3. 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 $17,820 to $91,910. The highest paying state for legislators is New York with a median annual salary of $91,910. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $17,820. For more salary information of legislators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$91,910
Puerto Rico
$68,730
Nevada
$61,900
Hawaii
$58,200
California
$54,840
Alaska
$51,110
Pennsylvania
$48,260
Washington
$47,480
Colorado
$44,290
South Dakota
$43,940
Florida
$41,800
Maryland
$37,730
Connecticut
$37,260
Iowa
$36,310
Wyoming
$35,380
Arizona
$35,340
Oklahoma
$34,800
Texas
$32,290
Montana
$30,290
Oregon
$24,550
New Jersey
$22,290
Indiana
$21,960
Rhode Island
$20,570
Minnesota
$20,240
Illinois
$20,130
Tennessee
$20,100
Nebraska
$19,670
West Virginia
$19,670
Louisiana
$19,440
Michigan
$19,350
Ohio
$19,190
Massachusetts
$19,150
Arkansas
$18,950
Missouri
$18,950
New Mexico
$18,930
Alabama
$18,910
Wisconsin
$18,830
Utah
$18,810
Virginia
$18,700
Mississippi
$18,510
Kansas
$18,300
Georgia
$18,290
North Dakota
$18,250
New Hampshire
$17,960
South Carolina
$17,910
Idaho
$17,820



Related:

💰 Highest paying states for legislators

💰 Highest paying cities for legislators

💰 Highest paying industries for legislators.