2021 Legislator Compensation

7/6/2021

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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.

State Base Salary Mileage (cents per mile) Per Diem 
Alabama $51,734/year. 56/mile. For overnight stays: $85/day. For two or more days with overnight stays: $100/day.
Alaska $50,400/year. 56/mile. For legislators whose permanent residence is not in Juneau: up to $293/day. For Juneau legislators: no per diem. Additionally, legislators who must move to and from Juneau for regular session are entitled to be reimbursed for relocation expenses.
Arizona $24,000/year. 56/mile. Tied to the federal rate. 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. 56/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. $211/day.
Colorado $40,242/year. 56/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. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. 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 $15,608/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $173/day. Set by the Legislative Services Committee. Unvouchered.
Hawaii $62,604/year. 56/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. Legislators who do not reside on Oahu also receive reimbursement for their air travel costs to commute from their home island to Oahu.
Idaho $18,691/year. 56/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. 39/mile. $151/day.
Indiana $28,102.50/year. 57/mile. Tied to federal rate. $183/day. Unvouchered. Any additional expenses must be approved by the President pro tem.
Iowa $25,000/year. 39/mile. $172/day. Unvouchered. During the interim, hotel stays are covered for two-day meetings or with prior approval. 
Kansas $88.66/session day. 56/mile. One round trip per week. $151/day.
Kentucky $188.22/calendar day. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $166.10/day.
Louisiana $16,800/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $160/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Maine $15,417 for the first regular session. $10,923 (estimate) for the second regular session. 44/mile. $38/day for lodging (or mileage up to $38/day in lieu of lodging, plus actual tolls). $32/day for meals. Set by statute.
Maryland $50,330/year. 56/mile. Legislators receive $750/year as taxable income for in-district travel, but they may decline the allowance. $106/day for lodging. $56/day for meals.
Massachusetts $70,536/year. No mileage reimbursement. Legislators residing within 50 miles of the statehouse receive an office expense stipend of $17,043 that can be used for travel expenses. Legislators residing more than 50 miles from the state house receive $22,723. No per diem is paid. Legislators residing within 50 miles of the statehouse receive an office expense stipend of $17,043 that can be used for travel expenses. Legislators residing more than 50 miles from the state house receive $22,723.
Michigan $71,685/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. 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. 56/mile. One round trip per week. Tied to federal rate. For senators: $86/day. For representatives: $66/day. Additional compensation for communication, living expenses and district travel may be possible.
Mississippi $23,500/year. 56/mile. $151/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Missouri $35,915/year. 37/mile. $121/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Montana $100.48/legislative day. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $126.12/day. For additional expenses, legislators also reeive a primary $3,000 stipend and a secondary amount between $1,000 and $4,000 depending on the square mileage of a legislator's district. 
Nebraska $12,000/year. 56/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. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $151/day. Travel allowance of $10,000/session, and additional $900/session leadership allowance.
New Hampshire $100/year. 56/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. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $165/day (January and February); $194/day (March). Tied to federal rate. Vouchered.
New York $110,000/year. 56/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. For additional expenses, legislators receive $559/month.
North Dakota $518/month. $526/month starting July 1, 2021; $537/month starting July 1 2022. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate.   $186/day. $189/day starting July 1, 2021; $193/day starting July 1, 2022. 
Ohio $67,492/year. 52/mile for legislators living outside Franklin County. No per diem is paid.
Oklahoma $47,500/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $165/day. Tied to federal rate. Unvouchered.
Oregon $32,839/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $151/day.
Pennsylvania $90,335/year. 56/mile.Tied to federal rate. $178/day.
Rhode Island $16,636/year. 57.5/mile. No per diem is paid.
South Carolina $10,400/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $173/day. Tied to federal rate.
South Dakota $12,851/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: $295/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. Legislators also receive reimbursement for transportation costs for one roundtrip home each week.  $221/day. Set by ethics commission. Unvouchered.
Utah $285/legislative day. 56/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. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $75/day because the legislature is meeting remotely for the 2021 session. 
Virginia $18,000/year for senators. $17,640/year for delegates. 56/mile. $211/day.
Washington $56,881/year. 56/mile. Tied to federal rate. $120/day.
West Virginia $20,000/year. 48.5/mile. $131/day. Set by compensation commission. Unvouchered.
Wisconsin $55,141/year. 51/mile. One round trip per week.  $115/day for senators who reside outside of Dane County; those in Dane County receive $57.50. $153 (with overnight) or $76.50/day (no overnight) for representatives. Per diem can be claimed up to 90 days per year.
Wyoming $150/day. 56/mile. $109/day. Set by legislature. Vouchered. Legislators also receive an additional $300/month; 1/2 salary for 1 day of preparation for each day the legislator is engaged in work for the Management Council or any committee; and 1/2 salary for each day the member travels to and from an interim activity for which he/she is entitled to receive a salary.