Legislative Assistant Salary

Pay for Legislative Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,493 - $60,728
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$29K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,908
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$9.96 - $23.98
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,493 - $60,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
Total Pay (?
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$28,285 - $58,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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$9.96 - $23.98  
   
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,285 - $58,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Job Description for Legislative Assistant

  • Track legislation and conduct research on legislative and policy issues.
  • Draft speeches, letters, and meeting notices and memos.
  • Perform administrative tasks that perpetuate the legislative process including phone answering, filing, and confirming event attendance.
  • Attend and document meetings on behalf of legislators.

Common Career Paths for Legislative Assistant


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Legislative Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Government Affairs Director, where median compensation is $96K annually. The most common next step for a Legislative Assistant is to become a Manager of Government Affairs or a Legislative Director. The former position pays an additional $31K per year on average, and the latter position pays $25K more per year.

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Legislative Assistants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Legislative Policy to be familiar with Policy Analysis as well.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 11%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%