Legislative Assistant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Legislative Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Legislative Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Legislative Assistants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,624 - $58,723
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$59K
MEDIAN: $39,708
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$10.00 - $24.23
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,624 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
Total Pay (?
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$28,990 - $56,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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$10.00 - $24.23  
   
Overtime
$22.00  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $5,077  
   
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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$28,990 - $56,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Government Affairs Director, where median compensation is $98K 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 $32K higher on average, and it's $25K higher for Legislative Directors.

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Popular Skills for Legislative Assistant


Legislative Assistants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Policy Analysis, Legislative Policy, Scheduling, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis. Most people familiar with Legislative Policy also know Scheduling.

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Experience Affects Legislative Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Legislative Assistant Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 7%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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