Lobbyist Salary

The average Lobbyist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Lobbyists (53 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Lobbyists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,692 - $126,251
$45K
$71K
$130K
MEDIAN: $70,511
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$7.60 - $45.82
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$0$128K
Salary $44,692 - $126,251
Bonus $973 - $28,383
Profit Sharing $15,000
Commission $5,250
Total Pay (?
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$43,004 - $128,952
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 170
Hourly Data $0$5K
Hourly Rate $7.60 - $45.82
Overtime $46.15
Annual Data $0$128K
Bonus $973 - $28,383
Commission $5,250
Profit Sharing $15,000
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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$43,004 - $128,952
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Lobbyist

Working within the realm of public relations, the principal job of the lobbyist consists of conferring with elected officials and attempting to persuade them to either pass, reject, or amend legislation in which the lobbyist’s client has a vested interest. Because lobbyists require proximity to seats of government in order to effectively do their jobs, they are typically located in state and national capitols. Lobbyists often work on behalf of trade organizations and frequently coordinate their work with other lobbyists in order to achieve a desired outcome on a particular piece of legislation.

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Lobbyist Tasks

  • Contacts and confers with members of legislature and other holders of public office to persuade them to support legislation favorable to client's interest.
  • Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on interest of client, who may be person, specific group, or general public.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

Pay by Experience for a Lobbyist has a positive trend. An entry-level Lobbyist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lobbyist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Lobbyist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 40 salaries. A Lobbyist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,292

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lobbyists, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+14 percent) and Washington (+13 percent).

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Key Stats for Lobbyist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

▲51%

▲44%

▲11%

National Average
$70,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Lobbying
▲17%

Policy Development
▲7%


National Average
$70,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 13%
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