Comparison of state legislative salaries

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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]

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. Up to $25/day for travel (vouchered) to be set by the Compensation Commission.
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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