Lobbyist Salary

Average Lobbyists in the United States make around $67K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Lobbyists. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Lobbyists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,301 - $124,815
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$40K
$67K
$120K
MEDIAN: $67,009
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Profit Sharing
$1,526 - $5,000  
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$38,985 - $125,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Lobbyists. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. Lobbyists bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $105K — the plum median salary in this group.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Lobbyists that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries


National Average
$66,000

Legislative Policy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 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
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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