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Legislative Assistant Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, roughly three-fourths of Legislative Assistants report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $39K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Women make up a slight majority of Legislative Assistants (58 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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$10.01 - $23.71  
   
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$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  
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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As Legislative Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Government Affairs Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Government Affairs Director typically earns $97K per year. A common career progression for a Legislative Assistant is to become a Manager of Government Affairs or a Legislative Director. Compared to Legislative Assistants, the first group earns $31K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

Legislative Assistant Job Listings

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Legislative Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Legislative Policy also know Policy Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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National Average
$39,000
Lansing
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Home to some of the best pay for Legislative Assistants, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. Legislative Assistants in Lansing earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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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%