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| [[Iowa State Legislature|Iowa]]
 
| [[Iowa State Legislature|Iowa]]
 
| $25,000/year
 
| $25,000/year
| $135/day. Polk County legislators receive $101.25/day, which is set by the legislature to coincide with the federal rate.
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| $135/day; $101.25/day for Polk County legislators. Set by the legislature to coincide with the federal rate. State mileage rates apply.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Kansas State Legislature|Kansas]]
 
| [[Kansas State Legislature|Kansas]]
 
| $88.66/day
 
| $88.66/day
| $123/day tied to the federal rate.
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| During interim committee meetings, members receive $129/day, tied to federal rate, plus round trip tolls and mileage reimbursement at 56¢. All legislators receive $354.15 (U) for 20 pay periods ($7,083), considered taxable income.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Kentucky State Legislature|Kentucky]]
 
| [[Kentucky State Legislature|Kentucky]]
| $188.22/day
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| $1,788.51/month
| $135.30/day tied to 110% of the federal per diem rate.
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| $188.22/day; tied to the federal rate (110% of the federal per diem rate).
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Louisiana State Legislature|Louisiana]]
 
| [[Louisiana State Legislature|Louisiana]]
| $16,800/year
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| $16,800/year plus additional $6,000/year expense allowance
| $6,000/year expense allowance. $149/day tied to the federal rate.
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| $153/day; tied to the federal rate.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Maine State Legislature|Maine]]
 
| [[Maine State Legislature|Maine]]
| $13,852/year (first regular session); $9,661/year (second regular session)
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| $13,852/year for first regular session; $9,661/year for 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.
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| $38/day for lodging, or mileage and tolls in lieu of housing (at a rate of $0.44/mile up to $38/day) plus $32/day for meals. Set by statute.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Maryland State Legislature|Maryland]]
 
| [[Maryland State Legislature|Maryland]]
 
| $43,500/year
 
| $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.
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| $101/day for lodging; $42/day for meals. Tied to the federal rate and the compensation commission.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Massachusetts State Legislature|Massachusetts]]
 
| [[Massachusetts State Legislature|Massachusetts]]
| $61,133/year
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| $60,032.60/year
| From $10/day to $100/day, depending on distance from the statehouse. Compensation is vouchered and set by the legislature.
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| $10–$100/day, depending on distance from the State House; set by the legislature.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Michigan State Legislature|Michigan]]
 
| [[Michigan State Legislature|Michigan]]
 
| $71,685/year
 
| $71,685/year
| $10,800 yearly expense allowance. Set by the compensation commission, available for session and interim (vouchered).
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| $10,800/year expense allowance for session and interim; set by the compensation commission.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Minnesota State Legislature|Minnesota]]
 
| [[Minnesota State Legislature|Minnesota]]
 
| $31,140.90/year
 
| $31,140.90/year
| $96/day for senators. $66/legislative day for representatives. Rates set by legislature.
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| $86/day for senators and $66/day for representatives, per approval of the committee chair or leadership. Set by the legislature.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Mississippi State Legislature|Mississippi]]
 
| [[Mississippi State Legislature|Mississippi]]
 
| $10,000/year
 
| $10,000/year
| $109/day tied to the federal rate.
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| $123/day
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Missouri State Legislature|Missouri]]
 
| [[Missouri State Legislature|Missouri]]
 
| $35,915/year
 
| $35,915/year
| $104/day tied to the federal rate. Roll call is used to verify per diem.
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| $103.20/day; tied to the federal rate. Verification of per diem is by roll call.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Montana State Legislature|Montana]]
 
| [[Montana State Legislature|Montana]]
 
| $82.64/day
 
| $82.64/day
| $105.31/day
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| $109.78/day
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Nebraska State Legislature|Nebraska]]
 
| [[Nebraska State Legislature|Nebraska]]
 
| $12,000/year
 
| $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.
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| $129/day for members residing 50 miles or more from the Capitol; $46/day for members inside the 50-mile radius.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Nevada State Legislature|Nevada]]
 
| [[Nevada State Legislature|Nevada]]
| $146.29/day maximum for 60 days of session.
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| $146.29/day for maximum of 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.
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| $152/per day
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[New Hampshire State Legislature|New Hampshire]]
 
| [[New Hampshire State Legislature|New Hampshire]]
 
| $200/two-year term
 
| $200/two-year term
| No per diem.
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| No per diem is paid.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[New Jersey State Legislature|New Jersey]]
 
| [[New Jersey State Legislature|New Jersey]]
 
| $49,000/year
 
| $49,000/year
| No per diem.
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| No per diem is paid.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[New Mexico State Legislature|New Mexico]]
 
| [[New Mexico State Legislature|New Mexico]]
| New Mexico legislators receive no salary
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| None
| $154/day tied to the federal rate (vouchered).
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| $159/day; tied to the federal rate.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[New York State Legislature|New York]]
 
| [[New York State Legislature|New York]]
 
| $79,500/year
 
| $79,500/year
| $171/per full day and $61/per half day.
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| $172/full day (including overnight); $61/partial day.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[North Carolina State Legislature|North Carolina]]
 
| [[North Carolina State Legislature|North Carolina]]
 
| $13,951/year
 
| $13,951/year
| $104/day set by statute. Legislators are allowed up to $559/month for expenses.
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| $104/day; set by statute. $559/month expense allowance.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[North Dakota State Legislature|North Dakota]]
 
| [[North Dakota State Legislature|North Dakota]]
| $152/day during legislative sessions and for attending interim committee meetings
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| $162/day during legislative sessions; $162/day for attending interim committee meetings
| Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,351/month (vouchered).
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| Lodging reimbursement up to 30 times 70% of the daily lodging rate ($1,569 per month as of 10/1/2013).
 
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|-
  
 
| [[Ohio State Legislature|Ohio]]
 
| [[Ohio State Legislature|Ohio]]
| $60,584/year
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| $60,583.70/year
| No per diem.
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| No per diem is paid.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Oklahoma State Legislature|Oklahoma]]
 
| [[Oklahoma State Legislature|Oklahoma]]
 
| $38,400/year
 
| $38,400/year
| $147/day tied to the federal rate.
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| $153/day; tied to the federal rate.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Oregon State Legislature|Oregon]]
 
| [[Oregon State Legislature|Oregon]]
| $21,936/year
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| $22,596/year
| $123/day tied to the federal rate.
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| $129/day; tied to the federal rate
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Pennsylvania State Legislature|Pennsylvania]]
 
| [[Pennsylvania State Legislature|Pennsylvania]]
| $82,026/year
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| $84,012/year
| $159/day (vouchered) tied to federal rate. Can receive actual expenses or per diem.
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| $157/day
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Rhode Island State Legislature|Rhode Island]]
 
| [[Rhode Island State Legislature|Rhode Island]]
| $14,185.95/year
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| $14,947.34/year
| No per diem.
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| No per diem is paid.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[South Carolina State Legislature|South Carolina]]
 
| [[South Carolina State Legislature|South Carolina]]
 
| $10,400/year
 
| $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.
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| 140/day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting; tied to the federal rate.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[South Dakota State Legislature|South Dakota]]
 
| [[South Dakota State Legislature|South Dakota]]
| $12,000/two-year term
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| $6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
| $110/legislative day tied to the federal rate.
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| $110/legislative day; set by the legislature.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Tennessee State Legislature|Tennessee]]
 
| [[Tennessee State Legislature|Tennessee]]
| $19,009/year
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| $20,203/year
| $173/legislative day tied to the federal rate.
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| $188/legislative day; tied to federal rate.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Texas State Legislature|Texas]]
 
| [[Texas State Legislature|Texas]]
 
| $7,200/year
 
| $7,200/year
| $150/day which is set by the Ethics Commission.
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| $150/day; set by ethics commission.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Utah State Legislature|Utah]]
 
| [[Utah State Legislature|Utah]]
| $117/day
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| $273/day
| $96/day for lodging for each calendar day, tied to the federal rate. They also receive $61/day for meals.
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| $95/day lodging allotment for each calendar day; $39/day meals.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Vermont State Legislature|Vermont]]
 
| [[Vermont State Legislature|Vermont]]
| $604.79/week during session and $112/day for special sessions or interim committee meetings.
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| $660.06/week during the legislative session only
| $101/day for lodging for non-commuters to the capital. Commuters and non-commuters receive $61/day for meals/mileage.
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| $107/day for lodging (overnight stay) or $61/day for meals and mileage if commuting.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Virginia State Legislature|Virginia]]
 
| [[Virginia State Legislature|Virginia]]
| $18,000/year Senate; $17,640/year House
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| $18,000/year for the Senate; $17,640/year for the House
| $178/day tied to the Federal Rate for Senators. $135/day tied to the Federal Rate for Representatives.
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| $180/day for senators; $170/day for House members.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Washington State Legislature|Washington]]
 
| [[Washington State Legislature|Washington]]
 
| $42,106/year
 
| $42,106/year
| $90/day.
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| $90/day
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[West Virginia State Legislature|West Virginia]]
 
| [[West Virginia State Legislature|West Virginia]]
 
| $20,000/year
 
| $20,000/year
| $131/day during session, set by the compensation commission.
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| $131/day during session; set by the compensation commission.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Wisconsin State Legislature|Wisconsin]]
 
| [[Wisconsin State Legislature|Wisconsin]]
 
| $49,943/year
 
| $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.
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| $88/day maximum; set by the compensation commission (90% of the federal rate). Per diem authorized under 13.123 (1), Wis. Statutes, and Leg. Joint Rule 85. 20.916(8) State Statutes. Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) establishes the maximum amount according to recommendations of the Director of the Office of State Employment Relations. The leadership of each house determines, within that maximum, what amount to authorize for the session.
 
|-
 
|-
  
 
| [[Wyoming State Legislature|Wyoming]]
 
| [[Wyoming State Legislature|Wyoming]]
| $150/day
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| $150/day during session
| $109/day which is set by the Legislature (vouchered).
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| $109/day, including travel days for those outside of Cheyenne; set by the legislature.
 
|}
 
|}
  

Revision as of 15:20, 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; $101.25/day for Polk County legislators. Set by the legislature to coincide with the federal rate. State mileage rates apply.
Kansas $88.66/day During interim committee meetings, members receive $129/day, tied to federal rate, plus round trip tolls and mileage reimbursement at 56¢. All legislators receive $354.15 (U) for 20 pay periods ($7,083), considered taxable income.
Kentucky $1,788.51/month $188.22/day; tied to the federal rate (110% of the federal per diem rate).
Louisiana $16,800/year plus additional $6,000/year expense allowance $153/day; tied to the federal rate.
Maine $13,852/year for first regular session; $9,661/year for second regular session $38/day for lodging, or mileage and tolls in lieu of housing (at a rate of $0.44/mile up to $38/day) plus $32/day for meals. Set by statute.
Maryland $43,500/year $101/day for lodging; $42/day for meals. Tied to the federal rate and the compensation commission.
Massachusetts $60,032.60/year $10–$100/day, depending on distance from the State House; set by the legislature.
Michigan $71,685/year $10,800/year expense allowance for session and interim; set by the compensation commission.
Minnesota $31,140.90/year $86/day for senators and $66/day for representatives, per approval of the committee chair or leadership. Set by the legislature.
Mississippi $10,000/year $123/day
Missouri $35,915/year $103.20/day; tied to the federal rate. Verification of per diem is by roll call.
Montana $82.64/day $109.78/day
Nebraska $12,000/year $129/day for members residing 50 miles or more from the Capitol; $46/day for members inside the 50-mile radius.
Nevada $146.29/day for maximum of 60 days of session $152/per day
New Hampshire $200/two-year term No per diem is paid.
New Jersey $49,000/year No per diem is paid.
New Mexico None $159/day; tied to the federal rate.
New York $79,500/year $172/full day (including overnight); $61/partial day.
North Carolina $13,951/year $104/day; set by statute. $559/month expense allowance.
North Dakota $162/day during legislative sessions; $162/day for attending interim committee meetings Lodging reimbursement up to 30 times 70% of the daily lodging rate ($1,569 per month as of 10/1/2013).
Ohio $60,583.70/year No per diem is paid.
Oklahoma $38,400/year $153/day; tied to the federal rate.
Oregon $22,596/year $129/day; tied to the federal rate
Pennsylvania $84,012/year $157/day
Rhode Island $14,947.34/year No per diem is paid.
South Carolina $10,400/year 140/day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting; tied to the federal rate.
South Dakota $6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees $110/legislative day; set by the legislature.
Tennessee $20,203/year $188/legislative day; tied to federal rate.
Texas $7,200/year $150/day; set by ethics commission.
Utah $273/day $95/day lodging allotment for each calendar day; $39/day meals.
Vermont $660.06/week during the legislative session only $107/day for lodging (overnight stay) or $61/day for meals and mileage if commuting.
Virginia $18,000/year for the Senate; $17,640/year for the House $180/day for senators; $170/day for House members.
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 (90% of the federal rate). Per diem authorized under 13.123 (1), Wis. Statutes, and Leg. Joint Rule 85. 20.916(8) State Statutes. Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) establishes the maximum amount according to recommendations of the Director of the Office of State Employment Relations. The leadership of each house determines, within that maximum, what amount to authorize for the session.
Wyoming $150/day during session $109/day, including travel days for those outside of Cheyenne; set by the legislature.

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