Lobbyist Salary

Average Lobbyists in the United States make around $66K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Lobbyists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,298 - $123,823
MEDIAN: $65,584

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$39,300 - $123,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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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Survey takers who work as Lobbyists usually report a few specific skills. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Legislative Policy tends to also indicate an understanding of Policy Analysis.

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. 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 $76K. Lobbyists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $105K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Lobbyists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. One of the biggest compensable factors for Lobbyists is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 48 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.


43 %
57 %

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: 56% employee benefits None: 10%