Lobbyist Salary

Lobbyists in the United States can expect wages of $68K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Women Lobbyists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lobbyists making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Most Lobbyists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,788 - $130,297
$41K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $67,786
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$7.56 - $45.98
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$46
MEDIAN: $19.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,788 - $130,297  
   
Bonus
$550 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$5,250  
Total Pay (?
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$39,773 - $132,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$1K$3K$5K
Hourly Rate
$7.56 - $45.98  
   
Overtime
$46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$5M$10M$15M
Bonus
$550 - $20,000  
   
Commission
$5,250  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$39,773 - $132,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

  • Contacts and confers with members of legislature and other holders of public office to persuade them to support legislation favorable to client's interest.
  • Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on interest of client, who may be person, specific group, or general public.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $58K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $111K. Lobbyists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,039

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

Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Lobbyists, 29 percent above the national average. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+18 percent) and Washington (+16 percent).

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Key Stats for Lobbyist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

Experienced
▲63%

Late-Career
▲47%

Mid-Career
▲20%

National Average
$68,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Lobbying
▲21%

Policy Development
▲10%


Legislative Policy
▼0%

National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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