Legislative Assistant Salary

Legislative Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Legislative Assistants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Legislative Assistants. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,766 - $59,738
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $39,947
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$10.06 - $24.07
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,766 - $59,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
Total Pay (?
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$28,956 - $57,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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$10.06 - $24.07  
   
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
   
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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$28,956 - $57,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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

  • 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.

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Legislative Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Government Affairs Director. The average Government Affairs Director brings home $97K per year. Legislative Assistants most often move into positions as Managers of Government Affairs or Legislative Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $31K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Legislative Assistants are few in number. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Legislative Policy and Policy Analysis are also commonly seen together.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 10%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 9%
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