Legislative Assistant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Legislative Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. For the most part, Legislative Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,556 - $51,685
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$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,361
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$14.79 - $20.15
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MEDIAN: $16.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,556 - $51,685  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $6,128  
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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$30,002 - $52,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $20.15  
   
Overtime
$37.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$248.32 - $6,128  
   
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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$30,002 - $52,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Legislative Assistant

Legislative assistants are in charge of facilitating and providing support to legislators during the law creation process, as well as performing other administrative duties. They are responsible for completing different writing tasks and analyzing drafts to make sure they meet legislative standards.

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Legislative Assistant Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Legislative Assistant


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Legislative Assistants who transition into a Government Affairs Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $99K per year. Legislative Assistants typically move into roles as Managers of Government Affairs or Legislative Directors, and those positions pay $32K more and $25K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legislative Assistant


Survey takers who work as Legislative Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Policy Analysis, Legislative Policy, Scheduling, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Legislative Policy also know Research Analysis and Scheduling.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,238

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Legislative Assistants in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Lansing, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Key Stats for Legislative Assistant

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

▲21%

▲1%

National Average
$39,000

Experienced
▼3%

Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries



Scheduling
▲2%

National Average
$39,000

Research Analysis
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 15%
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