Lobbyist Salary

An average Lobbyist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Lobbyists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Lobbyists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,935 - $125,192

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$39,935 - $125,192  
   
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$0.00 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $6,500  
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$38,801 - $125,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Legislative Policy is often linked with knowledge of Policy Analysis.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $76K. Lobbyists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Lobbyists, 21 percent above the national average. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$65,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries


Legislative Policy
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National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%
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