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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>
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This page contains a '''comparison of salaries''' for state legislators in the 50 states. This page was last updated in May 2014, using data from NCSL.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/2014-ncsl-legislator-salary-and-per-diem-table.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2014 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Salaries of state legislators are determined in four 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.
 
Salaries of state legislators are determined in four 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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| [[Alabama State Legislature|Alabama]]
 
| [[Alabama State Legislature|Alabama]]
 
| $10/day
 
| $10/day
| $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature meets.
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| $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature meets during any session.
  
 
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| [[Alaska State Legislature|Alaska]]
 
| [[Alaska State Legislature|Alaska]]
 
| $50,400/year
 
| $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.
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| $234/day (depending on the time of year); tied to the federal rate. Legislators who reside in the Capitol area receive 75% of the federal rate.
  
 
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| [[Arizona State Legislature|Arizona]]
 
| [[Arizona State Legislature|Arizona]]
 
| $24,000/year
 
| $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.
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| $35/day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Members residing outside Maricopa County receive an additional $25/day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter. Set by statute.
  
 
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| [[Arkansas State Legislature|Arkansas]]
 
| [[Arkansas State Legislature|Arkansas]]
 
| $15,869/year
 
| $15,869/year
| $136/day (vouchered) plus mileage tied to federal rate.
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| $148/day plus mileage; tied to the federal rate.
  
 
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| [[California State Legislature|California]]
 
| [[California State Legislature|California]]
| $95,291/year
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| $90,526/year
 
| $141.86/day for each day in session.
 
| $141.86/day for each day in session.
  
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| [[Colorado General Assembly|Colorado]]
 
| [[Colorado General Assembly|Colorado]]
 
| $30,000/year
 
| $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.
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| $183/day for members who live more than 50 miles from the Capitol; $45/day for members who live 50 or fewer miles from the Capitol.
  
 
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| [[Connecticut State Legislature|Connecticut]]
 
| [[Connecticut State Legislature|Connecticut]]
 
| $28,000/year
 
| $28,000/year
| No per diem.
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| No per diem is paid.
  
 
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| [[Delaware State Legislature|Delaware]]
 
| [[Delaware State Legislature|Delaware]]
| $42,750/year
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| $44,041/year
| $7,334 in expenses are allowed annually.
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| $7,334 expense allowance annually.
  
 
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| [[Florida State Legislature|Florida]]
 
| [[Florida State Legislature|Florida]]
| $29,687/year
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| $29,697/year
| $131/day for House and $133 for Senate (vouchered) which are tied to federal rate. Travel vouchers are required to provide proof.
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| $129/day based on the number of days in session. Travel vouchers are filed to substantiate.
  
 
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| [[Georgia State Legislature|Georgia]]
 
| [[Georgia State Legislature|Georgia]]
| $17,342/year
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| $17,341.68/year
 
| $173/day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.
 
| $173/day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.
  
 
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| [[Hawaii State Legislature|Hawaii]]
 
| [[Hawaii State Legislature|Hawaii]]
| $46,272/year
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| $57,852/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.
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| $175/day for members living outside Oahu during session; $10/day for members living on Oahu.
  
 
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| [[Idaho State Legislature|Idaho]]
 
| [[Idaho State Legislature|Idaho]]
| $16,116/year
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| $16,438/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
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| $122/day for members establishing a second residence in Boise; $49/day if no second residence is established and up to $25/day travel. Set by the compensation commission.
  
 
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| [[Illinois State Legislature|Illinois]]
 
| [[Illinois State Legislature|Illinois]]
| $67,836/year
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| $67,836/year; members are required to forfeit one day of compensation per month
 
| $111/day
 
| $111/day
  
 
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| [[Indiana State Legislature|Indiana]]
 
| [[Indiana State Legislature|Indiana]]
| $22,616.46/year
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| $24,140.16/year
| $152/day tied to the federal rate.
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| $156/day; tied to the federal rate.
  
 
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Revision as of 13:58, 15 May 2014

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This page contains a comparison of salaries for state legislators in the 50 states. This page was last updated in May 2014, using data from NCSL.[1]

Salaries of state legislators are determined in four 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]

New Mexico legislators, who currently earn no salary, have the lowest salary. Paid $95,291/year, California's legislators earn $13,000 more per year than the next highest-paid lawmakers in Pennsylvania.

State Salary Per diem
Alabama $10/day $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature meets during any session.
Alaska $50,400/year $234/day (depending on the time of year); tied to the federal rate. Legislators who reside in the Capitol area receive 75% of the federal rate.
Arizona $24,000/year $35/day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Members residing outside Maricopa County receive an additional $25/day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter. Set by statute.
Arkansas $15,869/year $148/day plus mileage; tied to the federal rate.
California $90,526/year $141.86/day for each day in session.
Colorado $30,000/year $183/day for members who live more than 50 miles from the Capitol; $45/day for members who live 50 or fewer miles from the Capitol.
Connecticut $28,000/year No per diem is paid.
Delaware $44,041/year $7,334 expense allowance annually.
Florida $29,697/year $129/day based on the number of days in session. Travel vouchers are filed to substantiate.
Georgia $17,341.68/year $173/day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.
Hawaii $57,852/year $175/day for members living outside Oahu during session; $10/day for members living on Oahu.
Idaho $16,438/year $122/day for members establishing a second residence in Boise; $49/day if no second residence is established and up to $25/day travel. Set by the compensation commission.
Illinois $67,836/year; members are required to forfeit one day of compensation per month $111/day
Indiana $24,140.16/year $156/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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