Legislative Assistant Salary

Those pursuing careers as Legislative Assistants in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Legislative Assistants (55 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Legislative Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,781 - $60,728
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$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,999
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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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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,781 - $60,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
Total Pay (?
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$28,975 - $59,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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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$28,975 - $59,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

Common Career Paths for Legislative Assistant


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At the upper end, Legislative Assistants who move into a Government Affairs Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Government Affairs Directors is a much higher $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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Survey takers who work as Legislative Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Legislative Policy tends to also indicate an understanding of Policy Analysis.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

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
68%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 9%
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