Lobbyist Salary

The average Lobbyist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lobbyists making up 58 percent of survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,032 - $128,153
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$37K
$66K
$130K
MEDIAN: $66,429
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$8.00 - $37.88
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$18
$38
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,032 - $128,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
Commission
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,108 - $130,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $37.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$35,108 - $130,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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

  • 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Legislative Policy and Policy Analysis are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Lobbyists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $78K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $102K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,850

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Lobbyists in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+11 percent). Lobbyists in Atlanta make 48 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 56%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries


Legislative Policy
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National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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