Here's the salary of every state representative in the United States

Steve Helber/AP ImagesIn Virginia, the average state representative earns $US26,100. Danica Roem is pictured.

Politics doesn’t always pay – at least, not on the surface.

The US does not have a uniform method for determining how much legislators earn annually. Political encyclopaedia Ballotpedia analysed the salaries of state representatives from all 50 states to see who makes the most and who makes the least.

Politicians in California – where Democrats control both houses of the state legislature – make the most money, earning on average $US110,459 a year. In New Hampshire, state representatives are paid just $US100 on average. New Mexico’s state-level politicians make the least, earning $US0 for their efforts, though the legislature meets part-time.

Calculating and comparing how much politicians are paid isn’t straightforward. Some states shell out standard annual salaries, while others determine pay based on how many days a politician works. And even the definition of “a day” varies throughout the US when it comes to calculating pay for politicians, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): In some places it’s simply a calendar day, while other states only count “legislative days,” when legislators are actually in session – which also differs from state to state.

Some states, like California, have full-time legislators (defined by NCSL as requiring 80% or more of a full time job), who are typically paid a higher annual salary. Other states have part-time legislators (around the equivalent of half of a full-time job), which pay either lower annual salaries (as in Maine) or a day-rate (as in Montana). Still other states are defined as “hybrid” legislatures – per NCSL, state representatives in these places generally spend the equivalent of over two-thirds of a full time job being legislators.

Keep reading to find out how much state representatives earn around the country, ranked in ascending order of pay.

(Note that this information, which only includes base salaries and not varying per diem rates, is current as of Ballotpedia’s last available update on March 1, 2019.)


50. New Hampshire

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Both houses of the New Hampshire General Court are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US100/year


49. New Mexico

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Both houses of the New Mexico Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US0*

*Per the Las Cruces Sun News, legislators in New Mexico receive a stipend of $US161 each day they’re at the Capitol or in committee meetings.


48. Kansas

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Both houses of the Kansas Legislature are controlled by Republicans, who hold a supermajority.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US88.66/day


47. Montana

Both houses of the Montana Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US92.46/day


46. Wyoming

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Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US150/day


45. Nevada

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Both houses of the Nevada Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US150.71/day for legislators elected in 2016 and $US146.29/day for mid-term members.


44. North Dakota

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Both houses of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US177/day (legislative sessions)


43. Kentucky

Both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US188.22/day


42. Utah

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Both houses of the Utah State Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US273/day


41. Vermont

Both houses of the Vermont Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US723.27/week


40. Texas

Both houses of the Texas Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US7,200/year


39. Maine

Both houses of Maine’s Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US10,131/year


38. South Carolina

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Both houses of the South Carolina General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US10,400/year


37. South Dakota

James Nord/AP Images

Both houses of the South Dakota Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US11,379/year


36. Nebraska

Nati Harnik/AP Images

The legally-nonpartisan and unicameral Nebraska Legislature has a majority of Republican-affiliated members.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US12,000/year


35. North Carolina

Brian Blanco/AP Images

Both houses of the North Carolina Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US13,951/year


34. Rhode Island

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Both houses of the Rhode Island General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US15,959/year


33. Georgia

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Both houses of the Georgia Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US17,342/year


32. Idaho

Otto Kitsinger/AP Images

Both houses of the Idaho Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US17,879/year


31. Virginia

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Both houses of the Virginia General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US18,000/year for the Senate; $US17,640/year for the House


30. West Virginia

Both houses of the West Virginia Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US20,000/year


29. Tennessee

Both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US22,667/year


28. Louisiana

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Both houses of the Louisiana Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US22,800/year


27. Mississippi

Rogelio V. Solis/AP Images

Both houses of the Mississippi Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Part-time

Average state representative pay: $US23,575/year


26. Arizona

Both houses of the Arizona Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US24,000/year


25. Oregon

Chris Grygiel/AP Images

Both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US24,216/year


24. Iowa

Charlie Neibergall/AP Images

Both houses of the Iowa General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US25,000/year


23. Indiana

Darron Cummings/AP Images

Both houses of the Indiana Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US25,945/year


22. Connecticut

Jessica Hill/AP Images

Both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US28,000/year


21. Florida

Mark Wallheiser/AP Images

Both houses of the Florida Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US29,697/year


20. Oklahoma

Jennifer Pitts/AP Images

Both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US35,021/year


19. Missouri

Both houses of the Missouri Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US35,915/year


18. Arkansas

Kelly P. Kissel/AP Images

Both houses of the Arkansas General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US40,188/year


17. Colorado

Both houses of the Colorado General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US40,242/year


16. Minnesota

Republicans have a majority in the Minnesota Senate, but Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US45,000/year


15. Delaware

Both houses of the Delaware General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US45,291/year


14. Alabama

Both houses of the Alabama Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US48,123/year


13. Washington

Both houses of the Washington Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US48,731/year


12. New Jersey

Seth Wenig/AP Images

Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US49,000/year


11. Maryland

Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Hybrid

Average state representative pay: $US50,330/year


10. Alaska

Alaska’s House of Representatives is independent, but Republicans have a majority in the state’s Senate.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US50,400/year


9. Wisconsin

Andy Manis/AP Images

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US52,999/year


8. Ohio

Both houses of the Ohio General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US60,584/year


7. Massachusetts

Julia Malakie/AP Images

Both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US62,548/year


6. Hawaii

Cathy Bussewitz/AP Images

Both houses of the Hawaii Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US62,604/year


5. Illinois

Seth Perlman/AP Images

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US67,836/year


4. Michigan

Both houses of the Michigan Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US71,685/year


3. Pennsylvania

Bradley C. Bower/AP Images

Both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are controlled by Republicans.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US87,180/year


2. New York

Tim Roske/AP Images

Both houses of the New York Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US110,000/year


1. California

Steve Yeater/AP Images

Both houses of the California Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

Salary Type: Full-time

Average state representative pay: $US110,459/year

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