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Lobbyist Salary (United States)

A Lobbyist earns an average salary of $66,603 per year. A skill in Policy Analysis is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Lobbyist Salary (?
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$37,562 - $121,512
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MEDIAN: $66,602
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$37,562 - $121,512  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,548  
Profit Sharing
$1,517 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,286 - $122,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

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

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$66,000
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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%
Experienced
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 16%
National Average
$66,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 11%
National Average
$66,000
Legislative Policy
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%