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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Legislator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,230
25th Percentile Wage
$18,560
50th Percentile Wage
$23,470
75th Percentile Wage
$67,670
90th Percentile Wage
$96,500

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 $96,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,230. 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 460% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201623,47012.65%15.72%
201520,5001.56%-
201420,180-2.18%-
201320,6204.07%-
201219,780--

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
$23,470

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 $17,780 to $90,300. The highest paying state for legislators is New York with a median annual salary of $90,300. The lowest paying state is South Carolina with a median annual salary of $17,780. For more salary information of legislators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$90,300
Puerto Rico
$68,730
Hawaii
$58,480
California
$55,670
Washington
$55,070
Alaska
$50,840
South Dakota
$43,940
Montana
$41,870
Colorado
$41,700
Oklahoma
$40,450
Florida
$39,900
Connecticut
$37,050
Wyoming
$36,620
Nevada
$36,340
Iowa
$36,310
Maryland
$35,470
Texas
$33,270
Arizona
$29,370
Oregon
$23,600
New Jersey
$22,290
Indiana
$20,930
Pennsylvania
$20,160
Rhode Island
$20,100
Illinois
$19,600
Minnesota
$19,530
West Virginia
$19,530
Nebraska
$19,430
Michigan
$19,420
Massachusetts
$19,150
Utah
$19,050
New Mexico
$19,010
Tennessee
$19,000
Ohio
$18,880
Wisconsin
$18,830
Louisiana
$18,730
Kansas
$18,660
Alabama
$18,560
Virginia
$18,560
Arkansas
$18,530
Missouri
$18,470
Mississippi
$18,270
Georgia
$18,230
New Hampshire
$17,850
Idaho
$17,840
North Dakota
$17,790
South Carolina
$17,780


Related:

Highest paying states for legislators

Highest paying cities for legislators

Highest paying industries for legislators.