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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 amongst Washington 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 Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,890
25th Percentile Wage
$33,310
50th Percentile Wage
$47,480
75th Percentile Wage
$93,070
90th Percentile Wage
$141,530

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 $141,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $47,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,890.

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
$47,480
-15.99% 5.64%
2016
$55,070
-7.30% -
2015
$59,090
-11.30% -
2014
$65,770
24.14% -
2013
$49,890
10.20% -
2012
$44,800
- -

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 $19,580 to $135,570. The highest paying area for legislators in Washington is Mount Vernon-Anacortes with a median annual salary of $135,570. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Bremerton-Silverdale (mean annual salary $113,670). The lowest paying area is Lewiston with a median annual salary of $19,580.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$135,570
Bremerton-Silverdale
$113,670
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$93,890
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$88,830
Tacoma
$87,400
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$80,510
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$65,210
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$57,140
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$55,980
Spokane
$54,620
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$53,480
Bellingham
$51,570
Olympia
$47,480
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$37,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$35,360
Lewiston
$19,580




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