How Much Do Legislators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Legislators develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$53560 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$18,120 to $19,790 per year

Entry-level Legislators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $18,120 to $19,790 per year. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Legislators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $* $105,100
Senior (Top 25%) $* $83,780
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $33,200
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $19,790
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $18,120

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $* $119,810
NY $* $93,370
CA $* $72,250
FL $* $72,090
AK $* $68,580
CO $* $66,970
HI $* $66,070
CT $* $63,780
AZ $* $58,050
IA $* $53,310

* Legislators are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Legislator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Legislators are in the states of WA, NY, CA, FL and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $63130 $*
Local Government $52740 $*

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