Legislative Assistant Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Legislative Assistants are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $39,056 annually. Pay ranges from $26,939 on the low end to $54,472 per year on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Most Legislative Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Legislative Assistant Salary (?
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$28,744 - $55,085
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MEDIAN: $39,472
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Legislative Assistant Salary (?
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$10.01 - $23.71
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,744 - $55,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
Total Pay (?
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$26,939 - $54,472  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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$10.01 - $23.71  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
   
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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$26,939 - $54,472  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Government Affairs Director may get paid an extra $58K per year. Legislative Assistants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Government Affairs Managers or Legislative Directors, where paychecks increase by $31K or $25K per year.

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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National Average
$39,000
Lansing
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With a pay rate for Legislative Assistants that is 13 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. One of the biggest compensable factors for Legislative Assistants is geography, with workers in Lansing earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 16%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries

Policy Analysis
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Legislative Policy
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National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 10%
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