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Legislator Salary Information in Wisconsin

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Wisconsin are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators amongst Wisconsin cities 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 Wisconsin

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,400
25th Percentile Wage
$17,310
50th Percentile Wage
$18,830
75th Percentile Wage
$33,360
90th Percentile Wage
$87,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $87,840. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $18,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,400.

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 Growth4-Year Growth
2016
$18,830
3.03% 3.24%
2015
$18,260
0.66% -
2014
$18,140
-0.99% -
2013
$18,320
0.55% -
2012
$18,220
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Wisconsin Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Wisconsin ranges from $17,790 to $56,200. The highest paying area for legislators in Wisconsin is Appleton with a median annual salary of $56,200. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Oshkosh-Neenah (mean annual salary $42,900). The lowest paying area is Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $17,790.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Appleton
$56,200
Oshkosh-Neenah
$42,900
Lake County-Kenosha County
$39,470
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$37,570
Sheboygan
$29,410
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$20,220
Duluth
$19,670
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$19,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$19,200
La Crosse
$18,940
Janesville
$18,700
Green Bay
$18,440
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$18,390
Wausau
$18,360
Madison
$18,240
Eau Claire
$18,150
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$18,130
Fond du Lac
$18,050
Racine
$17,990
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$17,790




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