2019 Legislator Compensation

6/18/2019

Each year, NCSL collects data from all 50 states on legislative salaries and per diems. This year, NCSL conducted a broader survey to learn more about additional compensation for legislative leaders, insurance and retirement benefits, and office and staffing allowances in additional to regular compensation. The tables linked to below provide nationwide data for each of these categories. 

 

Legislative Salaries and Per Diem
State Base Salary Mileage (cents per mile) Session Per Diem Rate
Alabama $48,123/annually 58/mile Up to $100/day depending on length of trip
Alaska $50,400/annually 58/mile $322/day
Arizona $24,000/annually 58/mile $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 $41,394/annually 58/mile Current per diem rate for legislators who live more than 50 miles from the capitol in Little Rock is $149. Members who live within 50 miles of the Capitol are eligible to receive a reduced per diem (meals and incidentals, no lodging) of $55. Per diem rates are based on amounts published by the federal General Services Administration.
California $110,459/annually 53/mile $201/d for each day in session.
Colorado $40,242 for members whose terms commmence Jan. 2019; $30,000 for members whose term began prior 52/mile Up to $171 for members who live more than 50 miles from the capitol; $45/d for members who live 50 or fewer miles from the capitol. Set by the legislature.
Connecticut $28,000/annually 58/mile No per diem is paid
Delaware $46,291/annually 40/mile No per diem is paid
Florida $29,697/annually 44.5/mile $163/d based on the number of days in Tallahassee (V).
Georgia $17,342/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate $173/d (U). Set by the Legislative Services Committee.
Hawaii $62,604/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 $225/d throughout session for members who do not reside on the island of Oahu; $10/d for members living on Oahu during the mandatory five-day recess only.
Idaho $17,879/annually 58/mile. One roundtrip per week. $139/d for members whose primary residence is over 50 miles from the statehouse; $55/d for members whose primary residence is less than 50 miles from the statehouse. (U)
Illinois $65,836/annually 39/mile $111/session day
Indiana $26,490/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate $181/d (U).
Iowa $25,000/annually 39/mile $169/d; $126.75/d for Polk County legislators (U).
Kansas $88.66/calendar day 58/mile $149/d. Tied to federal rate.
Kentucky $188.22/day 58/mile $163.90/d.
Louisiana $16,800/annually 58/mile $161/d (U). Tied to federal rate.
Maine $10,131/annually 44/mile $38/d lodging (or mileage and tolls up to $38/d in lieu of housing). $32/d meals. Set by statute.
Maryland $50,330/annually 58/mile $47/d meals. $109/d lodging.
Massachusetts $66,257/annually Legislators are no longer reimbursed for mileage. Instead legislators receive an office expense stiped of $16,248 for legislators that live 50 miles or less from the state house and $21,664 for members who live more than 50 miles - this stipend can be used for travel expenses. No per diem is paid.
Michigan $71,685/annually 58/mile. One roundtrip per week. $10,800/y expense allowance for session and interim (V). Set by the compensation commission
Minnesota $45,000/annually 58/mile. One roundtrip per week. $86/d for senators; $66/d for representatives.
Mississippi $23,500/annually 58/mile $149/day (U). Tied to federal rate
Missouri $35,915/annually 37.5/mile $119/day
Montana $92.46/legislative day 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $120.11/day.
Nebraska $12,000/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $149/d for members residing 50 miles or more from the capitol; $55/d for members residing within 50 miles
Nevada $150.71/d for members elected in 2016; $159.89/d for members elected in 2018 (up to 60 days) Travel allowance is $10,000 for a regular session - can be used for travel to and from the capital or elsewhere within the State on legislative business and $1,200 for a special session. Additional travel allowance is $5,000 for a regular session. $149/day
New Hampshire $200/2-year term Round trip home to and from the statehouse at either a) 38/mile for the first 45 miles and 19/mile thereafter, or b) reimbursed for round trip mileage at the federal rate; or when on other business, members may 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 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $161/d (Jan 15 - Feb. 28), $184/d (Mar. 1 - Mar. 16).
New York $110,000/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $174/d (including overnight) or $61/d (no overnight).
North Carolina $13,951/annually 29/mile. One roundtrip per week. $104/d (U). Set by statute.
North Dakota $495/month 54/mile. One roundtrip per week. Tied to federal rate. $177/d.
Ohio $63,007/annually 52/mile No per diem is paid.
Oklahoma $35,021/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $156/d (U). Tied to federal rate
Oregon $31,200/annually 58/mile $149/day
Pennsylvania $88,610/annually 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $177/d. Tied to federal rate.
Rhode Island $15,959/annually 54.5/mile No per diem is paid.
South Carolina $10,400/annually 58/mile. One trip per week. $170/d. Tied to federal rate
South Dakota $11,379/annually One trip is paid at 5/mile and the remaining are paid at 42/mile. $149/d (L) (U).
Tennessee $24,316/annually 47/mile $240/d for members residing greater than 50 miles from capitol; $61/d for members residing 50 miles or less.
Texas $7,200/annually 58/mile. $1.26/mile for single, twin and turbo engine airplanes. Set by general appropriations bill. $221/d. Set by ethics commission.
Utah $285/calendar day 54/mile Up to $100 plus tax/d for members that live more than 100 miles round trip from the capitol.
Vermont $733.04/week during session 58/mile. Tied to federal rate $126/d lodging (including overnight) or $66/d (no overnight).
Virginia $18,000/annually Senate; $17,640/annually House 58/mile $213/day
Washington $48,731/annually; increases to $52,766/annually eff. 7/1/2019. 58/mile $120/day
West Virginia $20,000/annually 48.5/mile $131/d (U). Set by compensation commission
Wisconsin $52,999/annually 48.5/mile Senate - $115/d Assembly - up to $162/d (including overnight) or up to $81/d (no overnight). Dane County members are authorized up to to $81/d. The maximum number of days per year that per diem can be claimed is 153 days.
Wyoming $150/day 58/mile $109/d (V). Set by legislature.