Lobbyist Salary

Lobbyists in the United States take home an average $65K per year. Total cash compensation to Lobbyists bottoms out near $37K and approaches $134K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $248K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Lobbyists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Lobbyists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,060 - $130,939

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National Salary Data (?
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$39,060 - $130,939  
$0.00 - $16,107  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $248,323  
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).
$37,001 - $134,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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.


Lobbyist Tasks

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

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Lobbyists usually report a few specific skills. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Legislative Policy tend to be skilled in Policy Analysis as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $93K. Lobbyists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Lobbyists in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lobbyists in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 47 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Legislative Policy
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


44 %
56 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%