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Legislator Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators among Washington metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,210
25th Percentile Wage
$32,530
50th Percentile Wage
$55,070
75th Percentile Wage
$112,540
90th Percentile Wage
$170,240

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $170,240. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,210.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
No Data
25th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for legislators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is No Data.

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
201655,070-7.30%18.65%
201559,090-11.30%-
201465,77024.14%-
201349,89010.20%-
201244,800--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Washington ranges from $31,560 to $113,670. The highest paying area for legislators in Washington is Bremerton-Silverdale with a median annual salary of $113,670. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (mean annual salary $93,890). The lowest paying area is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $31,560.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale
$113,670
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$93,890
Tacoma
$87,400
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$87,090
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$61,800
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$54,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$53,010
Olympia
$48,890
Bellingham
$46,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$38,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$31,560


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