2020 Legislator Compensation

6/17/2020

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Annually, NCSL collects legislative salary, mileage reimbursement and per diem information from all 50 states. This information is presented in the table below. 

Every other year, NCSL conducts a broader survey on legislative compensation, including information on office supplies and benefits. This more extensive survey was last completed in 2019.

Legislative Salaries, Mileage and Per Diem
State Base Salary Mileage (cents per mile) Per Diem
Alabama $49,861/year. 57.5/mile. For overnight stays: $85/day. For two or more days with overnight stays: $100/day.
Alaska $50,400/year. 57.5/mile. $287/day.
Arizona $24,000/year. 57.5/mile. For legislators residing within Maricopa County: $35/day for the first 120 days of regular and special sessions and $10/day for all following days. For legislators residing outside of Maricopa County: $60/day for the first 120 days of regular and special sessions and $20/day for all following days. Set by statute.
Arkansas $42,428/year. 57.5/mile. For legislators residing within 50 miles of the capitol: $55/day. For legislators residing more than 50 miles from the capitol: $151/day.
California $114,877/year. 53/mile. $206/day.
Colorado $40,242/year for legislators whose terms commence in or after January 2019; $30,000/year for those whose terms began before January 2019. 52/mile. For legislators residing within 50 miles of the capitol: $45/day. For legislators living more than 50 miles from the capitol: $219/day. Set by the legislature. Vouchered. 
Connecticut $28,000/year. 57.5/mile. No per diem is paid.
Delaware $47,291/year. 40/mile. No per diem is paid.
Florida $29,697/year. 44.5/mile. $152/day for up to 50 days for senators and up to 60 days for representatives. Vouchered.
Georgia $17,342/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $173/day. Set by the Legislative Services Committee. Unvouchered.
Hawaii $62,604/year. 57.5/mile. For legislators who do not reside on Oahu: $225/day. For legislators living on Oahu during the mandatory five-day recess only: $10/day.
Idaho $18,415/year. 57.5/mile. For legislators residing within 50 miles of the capitol: $71/day. For legislators residing more than 50 miles from the capitol: $139/day.
Illinois $69,464/year. 57.5/mile. $151/day.
Indiana $27,204/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $184/day. Unvouchered.
Iowa $25,000/year. 39/mile. $169/day. Unvouchered.
Kansas $88.66/calendar day. 57.5/mile. One round trip per week. $151/day.
Kentucky $188/day. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $166/day.
Louisiana $16,800/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $161/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Maine $14,862 for the first regular session. $10,582 for the second regular session. 44/mile. $38/day for lodging (or mileage and tolls up to $38/day in lieu of lodging). $32/day for meals. Set by statute.
Maryland $50,330/year. 57.5/mile. Legislators receive $750/year as taxable income for in-district travel, but they may decline the allowance. $109/day for lodging. $56/day for meals.
Massachusetts $66,256/year. No mileage reimbursement. Legislators residing within 50 miles of the statehouse receive an office expense stipend of $16,248 that can be used for travel expenses. Legislators residing more than 50 miles from the state house receive $21,664. No per diem is paid. Legislators residing within 50 miles of the statehouse receive an office expense stipend of $16,248 that can be used for travel expenses. Legislators residing more than 50 miles from the statehouse receive $21,664.
Michigan $71,685/year. 57.5/mile. No per diem is paid. Legislators receive an expense allowance of $10,800/year for session and interim. Set by the compensation commission. Vouchered.
Minnesota $46,500/year. 57.5/mile. One round trip per week. Tied to federal rate. For senators: $86/day. For representatives: $66/day.
Mississippi $23,500/year. 57.5/mile. $151/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Missouri $35,915/year. 43/mile. $121/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Montana $92.46/legislative day. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $120.11/day.
Nebraska $12,000/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. For legislators residing within 50 miles of the capitol: $55/day. For legislators residing more than 50 miles from the capitol: $151/day.
Nevada $164.69/calendar day up to 60 days. Senators who are not up for reelection until 2022 receive $159.89/calendar day. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $151/day.
New Hampshire $100/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. Legislators can instead choose the state mileage reimbursement option, which is 38/mile for the first 45 miles, and 19/mile thereafter. With this alternative method, the reimbursement is taxed as income, and legislators do not need to drive their personal vehicle. No per diem is paid.
New Jersey $49,000/year. No mileage reimbursement. No per diem is paid.
New Mexico $0/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $192/day. Tied to federal rate. Vouchered.
New York $110,000/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. For non-overnight travel: $61/day. For overnight stays: $176/day.
North Carolina $13,951/year. 29/mile. One round trip per week. $104/day. Set by statute. Unvouchered.
North Dakota $505/month until July 1, 2020. $515/month after July 1, 2020. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $181/day until July 1, 2020. $186/day after July 1, 2020.
Ohio $65,528/year. 52/mile. Only for legislators living outside Franklin County. No per diem is paid.
Oklahoma $35,021/year. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $166/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Oregon $31,200/year. 57.5/mile. $151/day.
Pennsylvania $90,335/year. 57.5/mile. $178/day.
Rhode Island $15,959/year. 57.5/mile. No per diem is paid.
South Carolina $10,400/year. 58/mile. Tied to federal rate. $140/day.
South Dakota $11,892/year. One trip is paid at 5/mile, and the remaining are paid at 42/mile. One round trip per week. $151/day. Legislative days only. Unvouchered.
Tennessee $24,316/year. 47/mile. For legislators residing within 50 miles of the capitol: $61/day. For legislators residing more than 50 miles from the capitol: $284/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Texas $7,200/year. 50/mile. $1.21/mile for single, twin and turbo engine airplanes. Set by general appropriations bill. $221/day. Set by ethics commission. Unvouchered.
Utah $393/calendar day. 57/mile. No per diem is paid. Legislators residing more than 100 miles from the capitol can receive expense reimbursement for meals and lodging.
Vermont $742.92/week during session. 57.5/mile. Tied to federal rate. $132/day for lodging. $66/day for meals.
Virginia $18,000/year for senators. $17,640/year for delegates. 57.5/mile.  $210/day.
Washington $52,766/year. Increases to $56,881 on July 1, 2020. 57.5/mile. $120/day.
West Virginia $20,000/year. 48.5/mile. $131/day. Set by compensation commission. Unvouchered.
Wisconsin $52,999/year. 51/mile. One round trip per week. $115/day for senators. $162 (with overnight) or $81/day (no overnight) for representatives. Per diem can be claimed up to 90 days per year.
Wyoming $150/day. 57.5/mile. $109/day. Set by legislature. Vouchered.