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Lobbyist Salary

For Lobbyists, annual average wages total $66K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Lobbyists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Lobbyists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,652 - $122,657
MEDIAN: $66,148

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$39,652 - $122,657  
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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).
$37,538 - $122,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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.

Lobbyists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $77K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Lobbyists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $87K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $101K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Lobbyists, 15 percent above the national average. Lobbyists in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 48 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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Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%