2016 Legislator Compensation

12/8/2016

Each state has to determine a pay scale that meets the unique needs and challenges of its legislature.

Every year, NCSL surveys state legislatures to learn legislator’s salaries and per diems. Every two years, NCSL conducts a broader survey covering not just legislator’s salary, but also office allowances, and benefits such as health and retirement. Links to 2016 legislator compensation rates for all 50 state legislatures are below. Per diem expenses include food and accommodation for legislators while conducting legislative business. NCSL does not rank legislative salaries from highest to lowest.

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Legislative Salaries and Per Diem
State Base Salary Mileage (cents per mile) Session Per Diem Rate
Alabama $42,830 (The State Personnel Board met on Oct. 27, 2015, and set the median annual household income amount at $42,830. This current median annual household amount will begin on January 1, 2016 and will continue through December 31, 2016.) 54/mile Legislators no longer receive a set per diem rate while in session. Legislators are reimbursed for in-state travel expenses which include mileage and per diem in accordance with rates and procedures applicable to state employees. All out-of-district reimbursable travel must be for official business and in the interests of the state or in the performance of official duties, as approved by the applicable presiding officer.
Alaska $50,000/annually 54/mile $223 or $249 a 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/annually 44.5/mile $35 a day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and $10 a day thereafter; members residing outside Maricopa County receive an additional $25 a day for the first 120 days of the regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10 a day thereafter (V). Set by statute.
Arkansas $39,400 54/mile $150 a day plus mileage (V). Tied to the federal rate.
California $100,113/annually 53/mile $176 a day for each day in session.
Colorado $30,000/annually 49/mile $99 a day for members living outside Denver; $45 a day for members who live 50 or fewer miles from the capitol (V). Set by the legislature.
Connecticut $28,000/annually 54/mile No per diem is paid.
Delaware $44,541/annually 40/mile No per diem is paid.
Florida $29,697/annually 44.5/mile $152 a day based on the number of days in Tallahassee (V).
Georgia $17,342/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate. $173 a day (U). Set by the Legislative Services Committee
Hawaii $60,180/annually Members may claim a mileage reimbursement for reasonable and necessary use of a personal automobile in the conduct of official legislative business and discharge of duties when meeting certain criteria $175 a day throughout session for members who do not reside on the island of Oahu; $10 a day for members living on Oahu during the mandatory five-day recess only.
Idaho $16,684/annually 54/mile. One roundtrip per week $129 a day for members establishing a second residence in Boise; $49 a day if no second residence is established and up to $25 a day travel (V). Set by the compensation commission.
Illinois $67,836/annually 39/mile $111/session day
Indiana $24,671 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $161 a day (U). Tied to federal rate.
Iowa $25,000/annually 39/mile $160 a day; $120 a day for Polk County legislators (U). Set by the legislature to coincide with the federal rate.
Kansas $88.66/calendar day 54/mile. $140 a day.
Kentucky $188.22/calendar day 54/mile $154 a day.
Louisiana $16,800/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $157 a day (U). Tied to federal rate.
Maine $14,074 a year first regular session; $9,982 a year second regular session./annually (Annual cost of living adjustments apply. In addition, legislators receive a constituent service allowance ($2,000 a year for senators and $1,500 a year for representatives).) 44/mile. $38 a day lodging (or mileage and tolls up to $38 a day in lieu of housing). $32 a day meals. Set by statute.
Maryland $46,061/annually 54/mile ($750 annual allowance for in-district travel as taxable income. Members may decline the allowance.) $45 a day meals. $101 a day lodging.
Massachusetts $60,032/annually $10-$100 a day depending on distance from State House (V). Set by the legislature. $10-$100 a day depending on distance from State House (V). Set by the legislature.
Michigan $71,685/annually 54/mile $10,800 a year expense allowance for session and interim (V). Set by the compensation commission.
Minnesota $31,141/annually Tied to federal rate (Senate: a reasonable allowance. House: range of $100-$1,650 a month for mileage reimbursement for travel in the legislative district during interim. During session, House members can request up to one round trip per week if they live more than 50 miles from the capitol.) $86 a day for senators; $66 a day for representatives
Mississippi $10,000/annually 54/mile. $140 a day (U). Tied to federal rate.
Missouri $35,915/annually 37.5/mile. $112 a day (U). Tied to federal rate.
Montana $82.64/legislative day 54/mile. Tied to federal rate. $112.85 a day (U).
Nebraska $12,000/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $140 a day for members residing 50 miles or more from the capitol; $51 a day for members residing inside the 50-mile radius
Nevada $146.29/calendar day (up to 60 days) 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $140 a day.
New Hampshire $200 per 2-year term Round trip home to the State House at 38 cents/mile for the first 45 miles and 19 cents/mile thereafter, or members will be reimbursed for actual expenses and mileage will be paid at the federal rate. No per diem is paid.
New Jersey $49,000/annually None No per diem is paid.
New Mexico $0 54/mile. Tied to federal rate. $163 a day (V). Tied to federal rate
New York $79,500/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate. $174 a day (including overnight) or $59 a day (no overnight).
North Carolina $13,951/annually 29/mile. One roundtrip per week $104 a day (U). Set by statute.
North Dakota $172/calendar day 54/mile. One roundtrip per week. Tied to federal rate. Up to $1,682 a month lodging (V).
Ohio $60,584/annually 52/mile. (One roundtrip per week from home to the State House for legislators outside Franklin County only.) No per diem is paid.
Oklahoma $38,400/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $157 a day (U). Tied to federal rate
Oregon $23,568/annually 54/mile. $140 a day.
Pennsylvania $85,339/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate. $175 a day. Tied to federal rate
Rhode Island $15,414/annually 57.5/mile. No per diem is paid.
South Carolina $10,400/annually 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $140 a day. Tied to federal rate
South Dakota $6,000/session 42 cents/mile for one roundtrip from capital to home each weekend. One trip is paid at 5 cents/mile. $140 a day (L) (U).
Tennessee $20,884/annually 47/mile. $204 a day (L) (U). Tied to federal rate.
Texas $7,200/annually 50/mile. $1.24/mile for single, twin and turbo engine airplanes. Set by general appropriations bill. $190 a day (U). Set by ethics commission
Utah $273/calendar day 56/mile. Up to $100 plus tax a day (C) lodging; up to $39/date meals (V). Tied to instate lodging and meal reimbursement rates.
Vermont $693.74/week during session 54/mile. Tied to federal rate $115 a day lodging (including overnight) or $74 a day (no overnight).
Virginia $18,000 a year Senate; $17,640 a year House 54/mile. $185 a day senators; $185 a day delegates.
Washington $45,474 a year; increases to $46,839 a year eff. 9/1/2016. 54/mile. $120 a day
West Virginia $20,000/annually 48.5/mile. $131 a day (U). Set by compensation commission
Wisconsin $50,950/annually 51/mile. One roundtrip per week Senate - up to $88 a day ($44 a day legislators living in Dane County). Assembly - up to $138 a day (including overnight) or up to $69 a day (no overnight). The maximum number of days per year that per diem can be claimed is 80 days.
Wyoming $150 a day 54/mile. $109 a day (V). Set by legislature.