Lobbyist Salary

The average Lobbyist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,623 - $128,933
$42K
$69K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,852
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$7.56 - $45.98
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MEDIAN: $19.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,623 - $128,933  
   
Bonus
$800 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Commission
$5,250  
Total Pay (?
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$40,466 - $130,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.56 - $45.98  
   
Overtime
$46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$5M$10M$15M
Bonus
$800 - $20,000  
   
Commission
$5,250  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$40,466 - $130,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

  • Contacts and confers with members of legislature and other holders of public office to persuade them to support legislation favorable to client's interest.
  • Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on interest of client, who may be person, specific group, or general public.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lobbyist

Pay by Experience for a Lobbyist has a positive trend. An entry-level Lobbyist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lobbyist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Lobbyist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 40 salaries. A Lobbyist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,511

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

For those looking to make money, Lobbyists in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Lobbyists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+17 percent) and Washington (+16 percent).

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Key Stats for Lobbyist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Lobbyist Salaries

▲55%

▲48%

▲14%

National Average
$69,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Lobbyist Salaries

Lobbying
▲20%

Policy Development
▲9%


National Average
$69,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 13%