Lobbyist Salary

Lobbyists in the United States take home approximately $66K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Lobbyists is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Lobbyists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,032 - $128,153
(Median)
$37K
$66K
$130K
MEDIAN: $66,429
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$8.00 - $37.88
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$18
$38
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,032 - $128,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
Commission
$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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$35,108 - $130,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $37.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$35,108 - $130,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.


For many Lobbyists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,850

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

For Lobbyists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+11 percent). Lobbyists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Lobbyists in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 48 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 56%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries


Legislative Policy
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National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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