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.