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. Geography and tenure 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. Almost all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,813 - $60,314

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$10.03 - $24.15

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,813 - $60,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
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$29,116 - $59,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $24.15  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$29,116 - $59,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Legislative Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Government Affairs Director. The latter position pays an average of $97K annually. Managers of Government Affairs or Legislative Directors are common next-step roles for Legislative Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Managers of Government Affairs is $31K higher on average, and it's $24K higher for Legislative Directors.

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Popular Skills for Legislative Assistant


Typical Legislative Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Policy Analysis, Legislative Policy, and Scheduling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in Legislative Policy also know Scheduling.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 9%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 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: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%
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