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Lobbyist Salary

For Lobbyists, yearly average wages total $65K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Lobbyists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Lobbyists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$38,463 - $119,405
MEDIAN: $65,411

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National Salary Data

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.
$38,463 - $119,405  
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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).
$35,661 - $119,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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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Professional skills reported by Lobbyists are few in number. Policy Analysis and Legislative Policy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legislative Policy. Legislative Policy and Policy Analysis are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

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

Lobbyists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. Lobbyists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

Lobbyists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 47 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


47 %
53 %

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%