For Lobbyists, annual average wages total $65K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lobbyists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,246 - $129,359
(Median)
$40K
$65K
$130K
MEDIAN: $64,500
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$7.52 - $44.70
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$45
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,246 - $129,359  
   
Bonus
$582 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$5,250  
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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$39,035 - $131,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$1.7K$3.4K$5.1K
Hourly Rate
$7.52 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$5M$10M$15M
Bonus
$582 - $20,608  
   
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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$39,035 - $131,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $58K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $75K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $122K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $99K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,304

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Lobbyists, 30 percent higher than the national average. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+17 percent) and Raleigh (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Lobbyists have considerably lower salaries, 47 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 89%

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Policy Analysis
up arrow 3%

Legislative Policy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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