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This page contains a '''comparison of salaries''' for state legislators in the 50 states. This page was last updated in March 2013, using data from NCSL.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2012-ncsl-legislator-compensation-data.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
 
This page contains a '''comparison of salaries''' for state legislators in the 50 states. This page was last updated in March 2013, using data from NCSL.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2012-ncsl-legislator-compensation-data.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
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Salaries of state legislators are determined in a variety of ways. Nineteen states use a commission of some kind to determine what the fair salary of legislators in that state would be. The powers of these commissions vary from non-binding reports to reports that are implemented unless voted down by the legislature or not approved by the governor. In two states, Arizona and Nebraska, any recommendation must be approved by voters before going into effect, whereas similar commissions in California and Washington can raise or lower legislative salaries at will. Other states tie legislative salaries to those of other state employees, while others allow the legislators themselves to approve their own salaries.
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No matter how they are determined, salaries of state legislators are a hot button issue. While frequently drawing the ire of the press and the public, many both inside and outside of state government agree that keeping compensation competitive is key to keeping the state legislature open to more people. "It’s clear that with higher salaries you get a broader range of people serving in the legislature that more accurately reflects the population as a whole," said Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/pay-problem.aspx ''ncsl.org'', "Pay Problem: January 2011," accessed February 20, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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This page contains a comparison of salaries for state legislators in the 50 states. This page was last updated in March 2013, using data from NCSL.[1]

Salaries of state legislators are determined in a variety of ways. Nineteen states use a commission of some kind to determine what the fair salary of legislators in that state would be. The powers of these commissions vary from non-binding reports to reports that are implemented unless voted down by the legislature or not approved by the governor. In two states, Arizona and Nebraska, any recommendation must be approved by voters before going into effect, whereas similar commissions in California and Washington can raise or lower legislative salaries at will. Other states tie legislative salaries to those of other state employees, while others allow the legislators themselves to approve their own salaries.

No matter how they are determined, salaries of state legislators are a hot button issue. While frequently drawing the ire of the press and the public, many both inside and outside of state government agree that keeping compensation competitive is key to keeping the state legislature open to more people. "It’s clear that with higher salaries you get a broader range of people serving in the legislature that more accurately reflects the population as a whole," said Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri.[2]

State Salary Per diem
Alabama $10/day $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature meets.
Alaska $50,400/year $238 or $253/day, tied to federal rate, varying with time of year. Legislators who live in the Juneau area receive 75% of federal rate.
Arizona $24,000/year $35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Senators who live outside of Maricopa County are given an additional $25/day for the 1st 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter.
Arkansas $15,869/year $136/day (vouchered) plus mileage tied to federal rate.
California $95,291/year $141.86/day for each day in session.
Colorado $30,000/year $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol, $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.
Connecticut $28,000/year No per diem.
Delaware $42,750/year $7,334 in expenses are allowed annually.
Florida $29,687/year $131/day for House and $133 for Senate (vouchered) which are tied to federal rate. Travel vouchers are required to provide proof.
Georgia $17,342/year $173/day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.
Hawaii $46,272/year $150/day for members living outside Oahu during session. $120/day for members living outside Oahu during the interim who conduct legislative business. $10 day for members living on Oahu during the interim while conducting official legislative business.
Idaho $16,116/year $122/day for members whose primary residence is outside Boise. $49/day for members whose primary residence is inside Boise. Additionally, all members are eligible for actual travel reimbursement between their home districts and the Capitol as prescribed by the Citizen’s Committee on Legislative Compensation
Illinois $67,836/year $111/day
Indiana $22,616.46/year $152/day tied to the federal rate.
Iowa $25,000/year $135/day. Polk County legislators receive $101.25/day, which is set by the legislature to coincide with the federal rate.
Kansas $88.66/day $123/day tied to the federal rate.
Kentucky $188.22/day $135.30/day tied to 110% of the federal per diem rate.
Louisiana $16,800/year $6,000/year expense allowance. $149/day tied to the federal rate.
Maine $13,852/year (first regular session); $9,661/year (second regular session) $38/day for a) housing; or b) mileage and tolls in lieu of housing (at rate of $0.44/mile up to $38/day). $32/day for meals. Per diem limits set by statute.
Maryland $43,500/year $100/day for lodging. $42/day for meals tied to the federal rate. $225/day for out-of-state travel which includes meals/lodging.
Massachusetts $61,133/year From $10/day to $100/day, depending on distance from the statehouse. Compensation is vouchered and set by the legislature.
Michigan $71,685/year $10,800 yearly expense allowance. Set by the compensation commission, available for session and interim (vouchered).
Minnesota $31,140.90/year $96/day for senators. $66/legislative day for representatives. Rates set by legislature.
Mississippi $10,000/year $109/day tied to the federal rate.
Missouri $35,915/year $104/day tied to the federal rate. Roll call is used to verify per diem.
Montana $82.64/day $105.31/day
Nebraska $12,000/year $123/day for members living outside a 50-mile radius of the Capitol. $46/day for members living inside the 50-mile radius. Rates tied to the federal rate.
Nevada $146.29/day maximum for 60 days of session. Federal rate for legislators in the Capitol area. Those outside the 50-mile radius of Carson City receive the HUD single-room rate for each month of session for housing.
New Hampshire $200/two-year term No per diem.
New Jersey $49,000/year No per diem.
New Mexico New Mexico legislators receive no salary $154/day tied to the federal rate (vouchered).
New York $79,500/year $171/per full day and $61/per half day.
North Carolina $13,951/year $104/day set by statute. Legislators are allowed up to $559/month for expenses.
North Dakota $152/day during legislative sessions and for attending interim committee meetings Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,351/month (vouchered).
Ohio $60,584/year No per diem.
Oklahoma $38,400/year $147/day tied to the federal rate.
Oregon $21,936/year $123/day tied to the federal rate.
Pennsylvania $82,026/year $159/day (vouchered) tied to federal rate. Can receive actual expenses or per diem.
Rhode Island $14,185.95/year No per diem.
South Carolina $10,400/year $131/day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting. Per diem is tied to the federal rate.
South Dakota $12,000/two-year term $110/legislative day tied to the federal rate.
Tennessee $19,009/year $173/legislative day tied to the federal rate.
Texas $7,200/year $150/day which is set by the Ethics Commission.
Utah $117/day $96/day for lodging for each calendar day, tied to the federal rate. They also receive $61/day for meals.
Vermont $604.79/week during session and $112/day for special sessions or interim committee meetings. $101/day for lodging for non-commuters to the capital. Commuters and non-commuters receive $61/day for meals/mileage.
Virginia $18,000/year Senate; $17,640/year House $178/day tied to the Federal Rate for Senators. $135/day tied to the Federal Rate for Representatives.
Washington $42,106/year $90/day.
West Virginia $20,000/year $131/day during session, set by the compensation commission.
Wisconsin $49,943/year $88/day maximum, set by the compensation commission. Based on the maximum, the leadership of each house determines what amount to authorize for each session.
Wyoming $150/day $109/day which is set by the Legislature (vouchered).

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