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What Does it Take to Be a Legislator?

Job Description: Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

What Do Legislators Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Represent their parties in negotiations with political executives or members of other parties, and when speaking with the media.
  • Appoint nominees to leadership posts, or approve such appointments.
  • Promote the industries and products of their electoral districts.
  • Vote on motions, amendments, and decisions on whether or not to report a bill out from committee to the assembly floor.
  • Debate the merits of proposals and bill amendments during floor sessions, following the appropriate rules of procedure.
  • Oversee expense allowances, ensuring that accounts are balanced at the end of each fiscal year.
  • U.S. Senator
  • Selectman
  • Alderman
  • Councilor
  • Assembly Member

Legislator Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 55,500 jobs in the United States for Legislator. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,900 new jobs for Legislator by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,400 positions for Legislator per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Legislators in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Legislator are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Wisconsin, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Legislator Salary

The typical yearly salary for Legislators is somewhere between $17,510 and $98,890.

Salary Ranges for Legislators

Legislators who work in New York, Hawaii, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Legislators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,760
Alaska $45,340
Arizona $56,530
Arkansas $21,970
California $68,580
Colorado $57,570
Connecticut $59,740
Florida $56,990
Georgia $23,810
Hawaii $60,400
Idaho $25,310
Indiana $36,910
Iowa $43,450
Kansas $22,870
Louisiana $33,370
Maryland $45,110
Michigan $35,460
Minnesota $34,690
Mississippi $25,360
Missouri $25,630
Montana $45,510
Nebraska $34,320
New Hampshire $18,910
New Mexico $23,960
New York $90,050
North Dakota $36,050
Ohio $43,770
Oklahoma $48,770
Oregon $37,960
South Carolina $20,910
Tennessee $41,470
Texas $45,180
Utah $26,930
Virginia $32,900
Washington $66,240
West Virginia $28,520
Wyoming $38,180

What Tools & Technology do Legislators Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Legislators:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • IBM Domino
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Mapping software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Apple iWork Keynote
  • Cisco Systems WebEx
  • Citrix GoToMeeting

Legislators Sector

Legislator Sectors

Below are examples of industries where Legislators work:

Legislator Industries

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