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Lobbyist Salary

Average Lobbyists in the United States make around $66K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Lobbyists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,545 - $122,237
MEDIAN: $65,542

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$39,545 - $122,237  
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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).
$36,349 - $122,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189

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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.


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 usually report a few specific skills. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Policy Analysis is a skill commonly found among those who know Legislative Policy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Lobbyists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Lobbyists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Lobbyists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Lobbyists in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 48 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


46 %
54 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%