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Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2015

2018
November 9, 2016Updated June 11, 2019 (R44323)
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Summary

The levelLevels of pay for congressional staff isare a source of recurring questions among Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the public. There may be interest in congressional pay data from multiple perspectives, including assessment of the costs of congressional operations;, guidance in setting pay levels for staff in Member offices;, or comparison of congressional staff pay levels with those of other federal government pay systems.

This report provides pay data for 1215 staff position titles that are typically used in House Members' offices. The positions include the following: Caseworker, Chief of Staff, Communications Director, Constituent Services Representative, Counsel, District Director, Executive Assistant, Field Representative, Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Director, Office Manager, Press Secretary, Scheduler, and Staff Assistant.

Tables provide tabular pay data for each House Member office staff position. Graphic displays are also included, providing representations of pay from three perspectives, including the following:

  • a line graph showing change in pay, 2001-2015;
  • a comparison, at 5-, 10-, and 15-year intervals from 2015, of the cumulative percentage change in pay of that position to changes in pay of Members of Congress and salaried federal civilian workers paid under the General Schedule in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas; and
  • distributions of 2015 pay in $10,000 increments.

In the past five years (2011-2015), the change in median pay, in constant 2016 dollars, increased for one position, office manager, by 0.22%, and decreased for 11 staff positions, ranging from a -3.53% decrease for field representatives to a -25.83% decrease for executive assistants. This may be compared to changes over the same period to Members of Congress, -5.10%, and General Schedule, DC, -3.19%.

Pay data for staff working in Senators' offices are available in CRS Report R44324, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, FY2001-FY2014. Data describing the pay of congressional staff working in House and Senate committee offices are available in CRS Report R44322, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Committees, 2001-2014, and CRS Report R44325, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senate Committees, FY2001-FY2014, respectively.

Information about the duration of staff employment is available in CRS Report R44683, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Committees, 2006-2016, CRS Report R44685, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senate Committees, 2006-2016, CRS Report R44682, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2006-2016, and CRS Report R44684, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, 2006-2016.


Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2015

Introduction

The level of pay for congressional staff is a source of recurring questions among Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the public. Members of the House of Representatives typically set the terms and conditions of employment for staff in their offices. This includes The following table provides the change in median pay levels for these positions in constant 2019 dollars, between 2017 and 2018.

Percentage Change in Median Pay for Selected Staff In House Members' Offices, 2017-2018

 

2017-2018

 

2017-2018

Caseworker

4.68%

Legislative Assistant

-4.88%

Chief of Staff

-0.61%

Legislative Correspondent

12.03%

Communications Director

-5.52%

Legislative Director

-1.83%

Constituent Services Representative

2.60%

Office Manager

-5.37%

Counsel

2.75%

Press Secretary

-2.20%

District Director

-5.15%

Scheduler

-2.93%

Executive Assistant

-4.97%

Staff Assistant

7.39%

Field Representative

-4.92%

   

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Change is based on constant 2019 dollars.

Report tables provide aggregate statistics on pay for each staff position for 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2014-2018, including quartiles, the median, and average pay. Complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request. Graphic displays are also included, providing representations of pay from two perspectives, including the following:

  • a line graph showing change in median pay, 2001-2018, in nominal (current) and constant 2019 dollars; and
  • distributions of 2018 pay in constant 2019 dollars, in $10,000 increments.

The Congressional Research Service provides a number of products on staffing issues. These can be found in CRS Report R44688, Congressional Staff: CRS Products on Size, Pay, and Job Tenure.

Introduction

Levels of pay for congressional staff are a source of recurring questions among Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the public. Members of the House of Representatives typically set the terms and conditions of employment for staff in their offices. These include job titles, duties, and rates of pay, subject to a maximum level,1 and resources available to them to carry out their official duties.2 There may be interest in congressional pay data from multiple perspectives, including assessment of the costs of congressional operations; guidance in setting pay levels for staff in Member offices; or comparison of congressional staff pay levels with those of other federal government pay systems.

Publicly available resources do not provide aggregated congressional staff pay data in a readily retrievable form. The most recent, publicly available staff compensation report was issued in 2010,3 which, like previous compensation reports, relied on anonymous, self-reported survey data. Pay4 information in this report is based on the House Statement of Disbursements of the House (SOD), published quarterly by the Chief Administrative Officer,5 as collated by LegiStorm, a private entity that provides some congressional data by subscription.6 Data in this report are based on official House reports, which afford the opportunity to use consistently collected data from a single, authoritative source. Additionally, this report provides annual data, which allows for observations about the nature of House Member staff compensation over time.

This report provides pay data for 1215 staff position titles that are typically used in House Members' offices.7 The positions include the following:

  • Caseworker8
  • Chief of Staff
  • Communications Director
  • Constituent Services Representative
  • Counsel9
  • District Director
  • Executive Assistant
  • Field Representative
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Legislative Correspondent
  • Legislative Director
  • Office Manager
  • Press Secretary9
  • Scheduler
  • Staff Assistant

House MemberThe collection of House Members' staff pay data for the years 2001-2015 were developed based on a random sampling of staff for each position in each year. In order to be included, 2018 proceeded as follows. For each year, a random sample10 of 45 offices was taken for each position. House staff had to hold a position with the same job title in the Member's office for the entire calendar year. For each year, the SOD reports pay data for five time periods: January 1 and 2;10 January 3-March 31; April 1-June 30; July 1-September 30; and October 1-December 31. The aggregate pay of those five periods equals the annual pay of a congressional staff member.

For each year, 2001-2015, a random sample11 of 45 staff for each position, and who did not receive pay from any other congressional employing authority, was taken. Every recorded payment ascribed examined, and not receive pay from any other congressional employing authority to be included. Generally, each position has no more than one observation per House Member's office each year. Every recorded payment ascribed in the LegiStorm data to those staff for the calendar year is included.1211 Data collected for this report may differ from an employee's stated annual salary due to the inclusion of overtime, bonuses, or other payments1312 in addition to base salary paid in the course of a year. For some positions, it was not possible to identify 45 employees who held that title for the entire year. In circumstances when data for 18 or fewer staff were identified for a position, this report provides no data. Generally, data provided in this report are based on no more than three observations per Member office per year, and only one per office per position each year.

Pay data for staff working in Senators' offices are available in CRS Report R44324, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, FY2001-FY2014. Data describing the pay of congressional staff working in House and Senate committee offices are available in CRS Report R44322, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Committees, 2001-2014, and CRS Report R44325, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senate Committees, FY2001-FY2014, respectively.14

The Congressional Research Service provides a number of products on staffing issues. These can be found in CRS Report R44688, Congressional Staff: CRS Products on Size, Pay, and Job Tenure.

Data Concerns

There may be some advantages to relying on official salary expenditure data instead of survey findings, but data presented here are subject to some challenges that could affect the findings or their interpretation. Some of the concerns include the following:

  • There is a lack ofNo data for first-term Members in the first session of a Congress. Authority to use the Member Representational Allowance (MRA) for the previous year expires January 2, and new MRA authority begins on January 3. As a consequence, no data are available for first-term Members of the House in the first session of a Congress.15
  • when new Members typically take office.13
  • The SOD reports monies paid directly by the House to staff, but does not provide the individual value of other components of compensation, which might include paid leave or employer contributions to various insurance and retirement benefits.
  • Pay data provide no insight into the education, work experience, position tenure, full- or part-time status of staff, or other potential explanations for levels of compensation.
  • Data do not differentiate between staff based in Washington, DC, district offices, or both.
  • Member offices that do not utilize any of the 1215 job position titles or their variants, or whose pay data were not reported consistently,1614 are excluded.
  • Potential differences could exist in the job duties of positions with the same title. Aggregation of pay by job title rests in part on the assumption that staff with the same title carry out similar tasks. Given the wide discretion congressional employing authorities have in setting the terms and conditions of employment, there may be differences in the duties of similarly titled staff that could have effects on their levels of pay.

Data Tables and Visualizations

Tables in this section provide background information on House pay practices, comparative data for each position, and detailed pay data and visualizations for each position. Table 1 provides the maximum payable rates for House Member staff since 2001 in both nominal (current) and constant 20162019 dollars.

Constant dollar calculations throughout the report are based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for various years, expressed in constant, 2016 2019 dollars.17

15

Table 2 provides the available cumulativeavailable percentage changes in median pay in constant 20162019 dollars for each of the 1215 positions, Members of Congress,18 and 16 salaries paid under the General Schedule in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas, and in the Rest of the United States (RUS) area.17.19 Table 3- through Table 1417 provide tabular pay data for each House Member office staff positionstaff position for 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2014-2018, including data distributed by quartile, including the median, and average pay. The numbers of staff for which data were counted are identified as observations in the data tables. Graphic displays are also included, providing representations of pay from three perspectives, including the following:

  • a line graph showing change in pay, 2001-2015, in nominal (current) and constant 2016 dollars;
  • a comparison, at 5-, 10-, and 15- year intervals from 2015,20 of the cumulative percentage change in median pay for that position to changes in pay, in constant 2016 dollars, of Members of Congress and federal civilian workers paid under the General Schedule in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas; and
  • distributions of 2015 pay in 2016 dollars, in $10,000 increments.

Between 2011 and 2015, the change in median21 pay, in constant 2016 dollars, increased for one position, office manager, by 0.22%, and decreased for 11 staff positions, ranging from a -3.53% decrease for field representatives to a -25.83% decrease for executive assistants. This may be compared to changes over the same period to Members of Congress, -5.10%, and General Schedule, DC, -3.19%.

Between 2006 and 2015, the change in median pay, in constant 2016 dollars, decreased for all 12 staff positions, ranging from a -1.99% decrease for legislative directors to a -24.82% decrease for executive assistants. This may be compared to changes over the same period to Members of Congress, -10.41%, and General Schedule, DC, -0.13%.

Between 2001 and 2015, the change in median pay, in constant 2016 dollars, ranged from a 4.27% increase for chiefs of staff to a -23.35% decrease for executive assistants. Of the 12 positions, one saw a pay increase, while 11 saw declines. This may be compared to changes over the same period to the pay of Members of Congress, -10.40%, and General Schedule, DC, 7.36%.

Table 1. House Member Office Staff Pay, Annual Maximums, 2001-2015

"Number" in the data tables. Staff pay tables also provide a comparison, at various intervals to 2018, based on data availability, of the cumulative percentage change in median pay for that position, in constant, 2019 dollars.

Graphic displays are also included for each position, providing representations of pay from two perspectives, including the following:

  • distributions of 2018 pay in 2019 dollars, in $10,000 increments; and
  • a line graph showing change in median pay, 2001-2018, in nominal (current) and constant 2019 dollars.
Table 1. Annual Maximum Pay for Selected Staff In House Members' Offices, 2001-2019

$168,411

Year

Nominal $

Constant 20162019 $

2001

$140,451

$189,369

201,598

2002

$145,226

$192,759

205,207

2003

$149,728

$194,306

206,854

2004

$153,022

$193,430

205,921

2005

$156,848

$191,769

204,153

2006

$159,828

$189,306

201,531

2007

$159,828

$184,063

195,950

2008

$163,795

$181,657

193,388

2009

$168,411

$187,443

199,548

2010

$168,411

$184,418

196,328

2011

$168,411

$178,775

190,320

2012

$168,411

$175,151

186,461

2013

$168,411

$172,622

183,770

2014

$168,411

$169,866

180,836

2015

$168,411

$169,665

180,622

2016

$168,411

$178,372

2017

$168,411

$174,649

2018

$168,411

$170,487

2019

$168,411

Source: 2 U.S.C. 4532 note, CRS calculations. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 2. Selected House Member Staff Change in PayChange in Median Pay for Selected Staff In House Members' Offices, Selected Periods

2001-2018

 

Change
( Based on Constant, 2016 2019 Dollars)

 

5 Years
2011-2015

10 Years
2006-2015

15 Years
2001-2015

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

Caseworker

-15.414.68%

-12.42%

-4.67%

Chief of Staff

-8.47%

-7.09%

4.27%

District Director

-4.14%

-4.91%

-3.10%

Executive Assistant

-25.83%

-24.82%

-23.35%

Field Representative

-3.53%

-14.09%

-2.76%

Legislative Assistant

-5.99%

-15.55%

-11.99%

Legislative Correspondent

-4.85%

-8.11%

-5.25%

Legislative Director

-6.07%

-1.99%

-3.16%

Office Manager

0.22%

-14.46%

-19.67%

Press Secretary/Communication Director

-16.95%

-9.49%

-4.59%

Scheduler

-8.46%

-15.39%

-15.96%

Staff Assistant

-5.73%

-16.31%

-16.60%

Members of Congress

-5.10%

-10.41%

-10.40%

General Schedule, DC

-3.19%

-0.13%

7.36%

Source: CRS calculations, based on data provided in Table 3-Table 14 for congressional positions, CRS Report 97-1011, Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables, by [author name scrubbed], for Members of Congress, and the Office of Personnel Management for federal civilian workers in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas, various years. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 3. Caseworker

Congressional Staff PositionsPay Change Summary           Source: CRS calculations, based on pay data provided in Table 3 through Table 17 for congressional positions in constant 2019 dollars; CRS Report 97-1011, Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables, by Ida A. Brudnick, for Members of Congress; and the Office of Personnel Management for federal civilian workers in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas, and rest of the U.S., various years. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." House Member Office Staff Pay Tables Interpreting Pay Tables: Statistics Describing Pay Data For each year that data are available, statistical values for staff positions are included in Table 3 through Table 17, including the following:
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$21,750

$35,841

$34,231

$61,572

 

$29,325

$48,324

$46,154

$83,016

2002

45

 

$23,846

$37,733

$37,358

$100,500

 

$31,651

$50,083

$49,586

$133,394

2003

45

 

$27,000

$38,492

$36,500

$63,333

 

$35,039

$49,953

$47,367

$82,189

2004

45

 

$27,500

$42,439

$43,160

$63,900

 

$34,762

$53,646

$54,557

$80,774

2005

45

 

$27,250

$42,527

$39,386

$76,836

 

$33,317

$51,996

$48,155

$93,943

2006

45

 

$21,500

$43,963

$42,417

$66,867

 

$25,465

$52,071

$50,240

$79,199

2007

45

 

$20,733

$43,694

$42,500

$72,500

 

$23,877

$50,319

$48,944

$83,493

2008

45

 

$22,500

$44,331

$44,409

$60,000

 

$24,954

$49,165

$49,251

$66,543

2009

45

 

$25,000

$45,806

$44,363

$86,210

 

$27,825

$50,983

$49,377

$95,953

2010

45

 

$28,405

$47,592

$44,000

$82,062

 

$31,105

$52,115

$48,182

$89,862

2011

45

 

$31,200

$49,697

$49,000

$83,155

 

$33,120

$52,755

$52,015

$88,273

2012

45

 

$30,135

$50,182

$47,492

$72,000

 

$31,341

$52,190

$49,393

$74,881

2013

45

 

$24,000

$49,805

$50,000

$84,353

 

$24,600

$51,050

$51,250

$86,462

2014

45

 

$26,250

$47,823

$46,000

$88,833

 

$26,445

$48,180

$46,343

$89,495

2015

45

 

$28,500

$46,269

$44,000

$84,667

 

$28,500

$46,269

$44,000

$84,667

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-15.41%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-12.42%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-4.67%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

17.35%

2.75%

-10.79%

9.49%

Chief of Staff

-0.61%

4.99%

-1.58%

-6.11%

4.70%

Communications Director

-5.52%

-5.03%

-15.00%

-16.31%

-19.45%

Constituent Services Representative

2.60%

2.85%

-2.73%

1.85%

5.12%

Counsel

2.75%

8.93%

-9.63%

District Director

-5.15%

-1.49%

-10.49%

-9.77%

-10.46%

Executive Assistant

-4.97%

4.93%

-9.46%

-11.74%

-19.12%

Field Representative

-4.92%

-6.09%

-9.85%

-9.51%

-5.67%

Legislative Assistant

-4.88%

0.79%

-10.98%

-9.52%

-9.69%

Legislative Correspondent

12.03%

10.68%

3.81%

2.34%

6.39%

Legislative Director

-1.83%

-0.96%

-9.93%

-4.76%

-5.26%

Office Manager

-5.37%

2.07%

-17.89%

-26.54%

-23.92%

Press Secretary

-2.20%

-5.42%

-16.69%

-15.50%

-14.44%

Scheduler

-2.93%

-5.31%

-18.20%

-16.24%

-16.24%

Staff Assistant

7.39%

6.10%

-7.07%

-15.29%

-7.19%

Members of Congress

-2.38%

-5.72%

-14.56%

-17.21%

-15.43%

General Schedule, DC

-0.14%

1.66%

-4.77%

1.16%

8.19%

General Schedule, Rest of U.S.

-0.75%

-0.46%

-7.29%

-5.91%

-0.34%

Increase

5

9

2

2

4

Decrease

10

6

13

12

10

Minimum & Maximum

The smallest and largest pay level, respectively, for each position

Average (Mean)

The mean is the average of a list of numbers, in which the sum of all the values is divided by the total number of values. For example, if three salaries, $30,000, $45,000, and $90,000 were identified for a given staff position, the average (mean) would be ($30,000 + $45,000 + $90,000) ÷ 3 = $55,000.

Median

The midpoint at which half of the numbers in a list are higher and the other half lower. For example, if three salaries, $30,000, $45,000, and $90,000 were identified for a given staff position, the midpoint (median) would be $45,000.

Statistical Quartiles

Statistical values that divide data into quarters for more detailed analysis. In a list of numbers, Quartile 1 (Q1) is a number that falls in the middle between the lowest number, or minimum, and the median. For example, if Q1 for a given staff position was $50,000, this would indicate that 25% of employees in that position make $50,000 or less. Quartile 2 (Q2) is also the median. Quartile 3 (Q3) is a number that falls in the middle between the median and the highest number in the list, or maximum. Numbers between Q1 and Q3 compose the interquartile range, the difference between the largest and smallest values in the middle 50% of a list of numbers. Quartiles might also be described as percentiles, as shown below.

Statistical Measures Used in Pay Tables

Minimum

Quartile1 (Q1)

Quartile2 (Q2) Median

Quartile3 (Q3)

Maximum

Average

Lowest number in a list

25th Percentile

50th Percentile

75th percentile

Highest number in a list

The mean, or number expressing the central value in a set of data

 

25% of staff make less than Q1

50% of staff make less than Q2

75% of staff make less than Q3

     

Middle number between Minimum and Median

Median-midpoint at which half of the numbers in a list are higher and the other half lower

Middle number between Median and Maximum

     

Lower Quartile

Interquartile Range = Q3-Q1

Upper Quartile

    Table 3. Caseworker    

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$21,750

$30,000

$35,229

$40,122

$61,572

$36,189

$31,219

$43,061

$50,567

$57,590

$88,377

$51,945

2004

45

$28,333

$37,804

$46,120

$50,000

$63,900

$44,992

$38,128

$50,873

$62,064

$67,285

$85,990

$60,545

2009

45

$28,919

$38,750

$45,475

$53,375

$86,210

$47,751

$34,266

$45,914

$53,883

$63,243

$102,149

$56,580

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$27,833

$40,075

$43,937

$51,000

$85,000

$46,984

$29,887

$43,032

$47,179

$54,763

$91,271

$50,451

2015

45

$28,000

$40,058

$44,500

$54,500

$84,667

$48,081

$30,030

$42,963

$47,726

$58,452

$90,806

$51,567

2016

45

$29,667

$40,544

$50,300

$56,837

$89,100

$50,290

$31,421

$42,942

$53,275

$60,198

$94,370

$53,265

2017

45

$30,000

$42,750

$51,000

$58,000

$92,567

$51,283

$31,111

$44,333

$52,889

$60,148

$95,995

$53,182

2018

45

$35,000

$47,500

$55,000

$64,000

$94,036

$55,985

$35,233

$47,816

$55,366

$64,425

$94,661

$56,357

2018 Pay Distribution

 

Median Pay

 

Change

       

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

4.68%

17.35%

2.75%

-10.79%

9.49%

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

.      

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. TabularPercentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 20162019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, isare presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 4. Chief of Staff

2004

$149,307

$168,411

2015

$147,925

$159,700

2018

$156,671

       

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 5. Communications Director                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-5.52%

-5.03%

-15.00%

-16.31%

-19.45%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid blue. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, FY2001-FY2018, is available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 6. Constituent Services Representative                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

2.60%

2.85%

-2.73%

1.85%

5.12%

 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Observations

Number
 

Minimum

Minimum

Q1

Average

Q2, Median

Median

Q3

Maximum

 

Average

Minimum

Average

Q1

Median

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

 

$76,361

$76,361

95,000

$106,313

104,250

$104,250

114,833

$137,020

 

$106,313

$102,957

109,606

$143,341

136,359

$140,559

149,636

$184,742

2002

45

 

$65,000

164,827

$196,673

$152,598

$113,580

45

$115,089

86,500

$145,226

 

110,952

$86,275

124,000

$150,756

134,524

$152,758

151,974

$192,759

2003

45

 

122,278

$116,403

$81,000

166,866

$114,406

181,029

$110,750

204,511

$148,978

 

164,549

2009

$105,116

45

$148,468

42,708

$143,723

123,350

$193,332

2004

45

 

134,344

$153,136

$86,500

133,877

$122,278

50,605

$124,000

146,156

$151,974

 

159,183

$109,342

181,449

$154,567

199,548

$156,744

$192,105

158,629

Most Recent Five Years

2005

2014

45

 

$89,401

$70,196

124,167

$129,013

138,968

$130,000

161,091

$156,827

168,411
 

$140,803

$85,825

95,997

$157,736

133,328

$158,944

149,221

$191,743

2006

45

 

$94,000

172,975

$180,836

$151,191

$135,327

45

$133,180

114,173

$159,828

 

137,924

$111,337

146,561

$160,286

000

$157,743

168,411

$189,306

2007

45

 

147,650

$122,451

$96,833

157,188

$138,937

171,601

$141,652

180,622

$159,828

 

$111,517

158,356

2016

$160,005

45

$163,132

116,534

$184,063

2008

45

 

133,820

$148,902

$93,508

168,411

$145,683

147,637

$149,972

123,427

$163,795

 

141,735

$103,705

157,708

$161,569

169,145

$166,327

178,372

$181,657

156,369

2009

2017

45

 

$112,320

$42,708

139,444

$133,877

152,000

$134,344

160,834

$168,411

 

$150,185

$47,535

116,480

$149,007

144,609

$149,527

157,630

$187,443

2010

45

 

166,791

$174,649

$155,748

$98,500

45

$143,697

99,917

$147137,000

$168,411

 

155,637

$107,862

168,000

$157,355

168,411

$160,972

149,871

$184,418

2011

45

 

100,581

$137,911

$103,124

169,117

$146,853

169,530

$150,833

$168,411

 

$109,470

867

2018 Pay Distribution

$155,890

Median Pay

$160,116

 

$178,775

Change

2012

 

45

 
 

$98,220

 

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-0.61%

4.99%

-1.58%

-6.11%

4.70%

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

32

$35,233

$51,118

$63,563

$72,000

$99,020

$63,538

$50,573

$73,372

$91,235

$103,346

$142,129

$91,200

2004

45

$39,000

$56,489

$65,250

$69,567

$106,690

$65,201

$52,482

$76,017

$87,807

$93,616

$143,572

$87,740

2009

45

$48,233

$64,617

$72,961

$83,273

$128,992

$77,048

$57,151

$76,563

$86,451

$98,670

$152,841

$91,293

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$42,500

$63,000

$72,061

$82,000

$115,000

$72,485

$45,636

$67,648

$77,378

$88,050

$123,484

$77,833

2015

45

$43,878

$61,678

$68,078

$77,937

$102,918

$70,327

$47,059

$66,150

$73,014

$83,588

$110,380

$75,427

2016

45

$48,000

$58,546

$68,125

$82,680

$120,300

$73,690

$50,839

$62,008

$72,154

$87,570

$127,415

$78,048

2017

45

$46,500

$69,000

$75,000

$84,250

$106,733

$76,784

$48,222

$71,556

$77,778

$87,371

$110,687

$79,628

2018

45

$52,000

$63,333

$73,001

$89,986

$124,000

$77,436

$52,346

$63,754

$73,486

$90,584

$124,824

$77,951

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

30

$25,894

$28,789

$32,791

$37,401

$46,880

$33,815

$37,168

$41,322

$47,067

$53,684

$67,290

$48,537

2004

45

$24,247

$30,300

$36,100

$42,667

$63,333

$36,983

$32,629

$40,775

$48,580

$57,416

$85,227

$49,768

2009

45

$27,125

$33,833

$42,928

$52,000

$86,558

$43,815

$32,140

$40,089

$50,865

$61,614

$102,562

$51,915

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$26,250

$35,000

$44,800

$50,833

$88,833

$46,912

$28,187

$37,582

$48,105

$54,584

$95,387

$50,373

2015

45

$28,500

$36,000

$44,000

$50,322

$77,250

$44,186

$30,566

$38,610

$47,190

$53,971

$82,851

$47,389

2016

45

$22,903

$39,775

$44,000

$56,400

$74,417

$46,874

$24,257

$42,127

$46,602

$59,736

$78,818

$49,647

2017

45

$20,425

$41,000

$46,500

$52,500

$64,000

$47,104

$21,182

$42,519

$48,222

$54,445

$66,371

$48,849

2018

45

$23,833

$42,925

$49,150

$54,972

$73,567

$49,145

$23,992

$43,210

$49,477

$55,338

$74,056

$49,472

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

$143,040

$144,000

$168,411

 

$102,151

$148,765

$149,763

$175,151

2013

45

 

$90,501

$142,480

$143,800

$168,411

 

$92,764

$146,043

$147,395

$172,622

2014

45

 

$89,401

$140,803

$138,968

$168,411

 

$90,067

$141,851

$140,003

$169,665

2015

45

 

$114,173

$147,650

$146,561

$168,411

 

$114,173

$147,650

$146,561

$168,411

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-8.47%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-7.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

4.27%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 5. District Director

     
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$49,538

$70,062

$72,844

$101,624

 

$66,792

$94,464

$98,215

$137,019

2002

45

 

$45,000

$73,706

$72,925

$106,487

 

$59,729

$97,831

$96,794

$141,340

2003

45

 

$44,400

$76,558

$76,045

$122,450

 

$57,619

$99,352

$98,686

$158,907

2004

45

 

$42,500

$77,877

$77,100

$116,568

 

$53,723

$98,442

$97,459

$147,350

2005

45

 

$49,583

$83,325

$83,904

$123,500

 

$60,623

$101,877

$102,584

$150,996

2006

45

 

$53,000

$86,077

$84,501

$141,100

 

$62,775

$101,953

$100,086

$167,124

2007

45

 

$50,000

$90,807

$86,631

$148,500

 

$57,582

$104,577

$99,767

$171,018

2008

45

 

$52,042

$89,141

$87,599

$138,083

 

$57,717

$98,862

$97,152

$153,141

2009

45

 

$60,000

$90,238

$88,274

$120,450

 

$66,781

$100,436

$98,250

$134,062

2010

45

 

$48,100

$95,323

$92,545

$136,003

 

$52,672

$104,384

$101,341

$148,930

2011

45

 

$68,000

$99,733

$93,519

$165,000

 

$72,185

$105,871

$99,275

$175,154

2012

45

 

$52,500

$91,280

$88,795

$163,564

 

$54,601

$94,932

$92,348

$170,109

2013

45

 

$48,333

$90,637

$87,247

$162,600

 

$49,542

$92,903

$89,429

$166,666

2014

45

 

$45,000

$93,519

$88,500

$144,667

 

$45,335

$94,215

$89,159

$145,744

2015

45

 

$59,433

$97,911

$95,167

$162,600

 

$59,433

$97,911

$95,167

$162,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-4.14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-4.91%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-3.10%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. TabularPercentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 20162019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, isare presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 6. Executive Assistant

7. Counsel, 2010-2018

Q3

Average 80,038

$81,640

69,199

$77,500

76,314

$68,000

           

2017-2018

2014-2018

2.75%

8.93%

     
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Observations

 

Number

Minimum

Average

Q1

Q2, Median

Maximum

 

Q3

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Median

Minimum

Maximum

Q1

Q2, Median

2001

45

 

$27,583

Maximum

$56,922

$53,136

$104,167

2010
 

30

$37,190

45,250

$76,748

61,013

$71,642

75,502

$140,447

2002

45

 

87,724

$21,667

127,981

$54,469

76,884

$52,667

751

$111,517

 

71,126

$28,758

88,017

$72,297

102,266

$69,905

149,196

$148,017

89,628

2003

2011

45

 

23

$27,354

34,792

$58,093

250

$55,500

74,417

$11379,500

 

$35,498

$100,375

$75,389

70,824

$72,024

39,318

$147,292

2004

45

 

65,828

$27,446

84,098

$55,603

89,842

$51,933

113,433

$87,602

 

$34,694

2012

$70,286

20

$65,647

49,236

$110,734

2005

45

 

60,804

$72,167

$27,000

130,833

$60,504

73,390

$54,837

513

$97,275

 

67,321

$33,011

79,902

$73,975

90,390

$67,047

144,856

$118,933

81,256

2006

2013

44

 

19

$34,167

41,667

$65,704

51,125

$61,672

58,692

$109,617

 

71,750

$40,468

126,546

$77,822

63,416

$73,046

45,467

$129,834

2007

45

 

55,787

$33,513

64,044

$67,000

78,293

$62,542

138,087

$145,849

 

$38,595

2014

$77,159

19

$72,025

45,200

$167,964

2008

44

 

52,917

$62,250

$26,750

119,868

$60,839

67,088

$59,231

48,535

$107,037

 

56,821

$29,667

66,843

$67,473

83,218

$65,690

128,711

$118,709

72,038

2009

2015

45

 

23

$3041,000

$58,062

61,000

$57,500

70,678

$108,047

 

80,324

$33,390

108,142

$64,623

71,155

$63,998

43,973

$120,257

2010

45

 

65,423

$20,500

75,802

$67,102

86,148

$64,500

115,983

$134,278

 

$22,448

2016

$73,480

28

$70,631

44,500

$147,041

2011

37

 

53,425

$60,333

$27,000

91,097

$67,839

61,538

$69,750

47,132

$138,000

 

56,585

$28,662

63,902

$72,014

022

$74,043

96,485

$146,493

65,178

2012

2017

39

 

21

$2829,000

$61,871

52,000

$58,500

68,333

$122,609

 

77,841

$29,121

88,000

$64,413

$30,074

$53,926

$70,864

$80,725

$91,259

$66,799

2018

25

$46,000

$61,750

$72,333

$81,333

$99,000

$70,871

$46,306

$62,160

$72,814

$81,874

$99,658

$71,342

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

$64,347

$60,841

$127,516

2013

21

 

$33,750

$61,167

$53,500

$121,109

 

$34,594

$62,696

$54,838

$124,137

2014

30

 

$32,000

$55,748

$54,750

$89,167

 

$32,238

$56,163

$55,158

$89,831

2015

38

 

$21,000

$55,918

$54,917

$92,426

 

$21,000

$55,918

$54,917

$92,426

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-25.83%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-24.82%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-23.35%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. TabularPercentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 20162019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, isare presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Data provided here are complete; no data are available prior to 2010.

Table 7. Field Representative

8. District Director
Average 104,799

$120,450

Most Recent Five Years            

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-5.15%

-1.49%

-10.49%

-9.77%

-10.46%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 9. Executive Assistant                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-4.97%

4.93%

-9.46%

-11.74%

-19.12%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 10. Field Representative                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-4.92%

-6.09%

-9.85%

-9.51%

-5.67%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 11. Legislative Assistant                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-4.88%

0.79%

-10.98%

-9.52%

-9.69%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 12. Legislative Correspondent                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

12.03%

10.68%

3.81%

2.34%

6.39%

 

 

 

Nominal, Current $

 

Constant Constant, 2019, $

Year

Observations

 

Number

Minimum

Average

Q1

Q2, Median

Maximum

 

Q3

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Median

Minimum

Maximum

Q1

Q2, Median

2001

45

Q3
 

Maximum

$22,131

$38,242

$35,500

2001

$75,275

 

45

$29,838

49,538

$51,562

58,667

$47,864

72,844

$101,492

2002

45

 

78,240

$24,720

101,624

$41,209

70,062

$40,500

71,105

$66,333

 

84,208

$32,811

104,558

$54,697

112,302

$53,756

145,867

$88,044

100,564

2003

2004

45

 

$21,344

$42,500

$41,594

70,750

$40,775

77,100

$74,501

 

83,050

$27,699

116,568

$53,978

77,877

$52,915

57,192

$96,682

2004

45

 

95,208

$26,017

103,753

$42,892

111,760

$39,472

156,865

$78,967

 

$32,887

2009

$54,218

45

$49,895

60,000

$99,819

2005

45

 

$25,805

80,680

$88,274

$98,115

$43,791

90,238

$40,750

71,093

$72,000

 

95,597

$31,550

104,595

$53,540

116,255

$49,823

142,720

$88,030

106,922

2006

45

 

$24,750

2014

$47,080

45

$45,743

000

$75,400

$88,500

$107,083

$144,667

$93,519

$48,320

$80,963

$95,029

$114,984

$155,340

$100,419

2015

45

$59,433

$78,000

$95,167

$112,000

$162,600

$97,911

$63,743

$83,655

$102,067

$120,121

$174,389

$105,010

2016

45

$58,417

$79,500

$89,750

$105,917

$145,265

$94,988

$61,872

$84,202

$95,058

$112,181

$153,856

$100,606

2017

45

$56,000

$85,638

$95,172

$105,000

$163,028

$97,105

$58,074

$88,810

$98,697

$108,889

$169,066

$100,701

2018

45

$62,200

$81,250

$93,000

$105,000

$138,000

$94,042

$62,613

$81,790

$93,618

$105,698

$138,917

$94,667

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$27,583

$44,750

$53,136

$65,917

$104,167

$56,922

$39,592

$64,232

$76,269

$94,614

$149,517

$81,704

2004

45

$27,446

$41,957

$51,933

$68,600

$87,602

$55,603

$36,934

$56,461

$69,887

$92,315

$117,885

$74,824

2009

45

$30,000

$46,000

$57,500

$66,000

$108,047

$58,062

$35,547

$54,505

$68,131

$78,203

$128,023

$68,796

Most Recent Five Years

2014

30

$32,000

$46,625

$54,750

$64,612

$89,167

$55,748

$34,361

$50,065

$58,789

$69,379

$95,745

$59,861

2015

38

$21,000

$44,412

$54,917

$66,125

$92,426

$55,918

$22,523

$47,633

$58,898

$70,919

$99,127

$59,973

2016

42

$21,000

$48,667

$56,799

$64,768

$93,291

$57,936

$22,242

$51,545

$60,158

$68,599

$98,808

$61,362

2017

28

$21,000

$49,125

$62,590

$73,845

$96,500

$61,742

$21,778

$50,945

$64,908

$76,580

$100,074

$64,028

2018

34

$35,041

$49,250

$61,278

$78,246

$166,137

$67,677

$35,274

$49,577

$61,685

$78,766

$167,241

$68,127

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$22,131

$31,250

$35,500

$40,795

$75,275

$38,242

$31,765

$44,855

$50,955

$58,555

$108,047

$54,891

2004

45

$26,017

$35,558

$39,472

$49,000

$78,967

$42,892

$35,011

$47,851

$53,117

$65,939

$106,265

$57,719

2009

45

$34,033

$40,300

$45,000

$51,021

$81,917

$47,299

$40,326

$47,751

$53,320

$60,455

$97,062

$56,044

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$25,750

$42,000

$47,667

$55,417

$94,625

$48,428

$27,650

$45,099

$51,183

$59,505

$101,606

$52,001

2015

45

$22,100

$40,994

$46,544

$55,000

$100,000

$49,031

$23,702

$43,967

$49,919

$58,988

$107,251

$52,586

2016

45

$25,000

$39,050

$47,667

$56,250

$71,890

$48,188

$26,479

$41,360

$50,486

$59,577

$76,142

$51,038

2017

45

$21,500

$44,500

$48,750

$57,489

$81,400

$50,091

$22,296

$46,148

$50,556

$59,618

$84,415

$51,946

2018

45

$29,250

$41,000

$47,750

$54,750

$72,128

$48,707

$29,444

$41,272

$48,067

$55,114

$72,607

$49,031

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$30,154

$37,748

$41,092

$45,676

$70,000

$43,493

$43,282

$54,182

$58,981

$65,561

$100,475

$62,428

2004

45

$30,081

$37,813

$43,750

$49,242

$95,585

$46,008

$40,479

$50,884

$58,874

$66,264

$128,628

$61,913

2009

45

$34,000

$44,595

$50,500

$54,950

$63,500

$49,982

$40,286

$52,840

$59,837

$65,110

$75,240

$59,223

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$31,333

$44,667

$49,219

$55,400

$90,833

$50,854

$33,645

$47,962

$52,851

$59,487

$97,535

$54,606

2015

45

$30,000

$43,850

$48,760

$52,667

$83,336

$49,860

$32,175

$47,029

$52,296

$56,485

$89,378

$53,476

2016

45

$36,896

$46,500

$49,400

$59,583

$72,967

$52,276

$39,078

$49,250

$52,322

$63,107

$77,282

$55,367

2017

45

$41,746

$48,833

$54,000

$60,961

$91,033

$56,951

$43,292

$50,642

$56,000

$63,219

$94,405

$59,061

2018

45

$37,163

$50,000

$52,917

$57,500

$96,417

$55,304

$37,410

$50,332

$53,268

$57,882

$97,058

$55,672

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

31

$24,500

$27,750

$31,313

$33,167

$84,267

$33,552

$35,166

$39,831

$44,945

$47,606

$120,953

$48,160

2004

40

$25,372

$31,933

$34,720

$39,139

$66,667

$36,524

$34,143

$42,971

$46,722

$52,669

$89,713

$49,150

2009

45

$29,085

$35,653

$38,875

$42,689

$75,917

$41,173

$34,463

$42,245

$46,062

$50,582

$89,953

$48,785

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$30,000

$35,000

$40,233

$44,500

$63,000

$41,122

$32,213

$37,582

$43,202

$47,783

$67,648

$44,156

2015

45

$25,000

$36,250

$40,000

$43,750

$77,000

$41,290

$26,813

$38,878

$42,900

$46,922

$82,583

$44,284

2016

45

$25,000

$37,000

$40,255

$43,000

$58,667

$40,713

$26,479

$39,188

$42,636

$45,543

$62,136

$43,121

2017

41

$30,729

$38,000

$41,156

$45,917

$63,000

$42,420

$31,867

$39,408

$42,680

$47,617

$65,333

$43,991

2018

45

$35,833

$42,900

$47,500

$52,125

$78,250

$48,217

$36,071

$43,185

$47,816

$52,471

$78,770

$48,538

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

$90,454

 

$29,315

$55,763

$54,179

$107,136

2007

45

 

$25,928

$45,483

$42,901

$66,502

 

$29,859

$52,380

$49,406

$76,585

2008

44

 

$26,750

$60,839

$59,231

$107,037

 

$29,667

$67,473

$65,690

$118,709

2009

45

 

$34,033

$47,299

$45,000

$81,917

 

$37,879

$52,644

$50,085

$91,174

2010

45

 

$28,917

$48,932

$48,033

$77,311

 

$31,665

$53,582

$52,599

$84,659

2011

45

 

$21,000

$46,732

$45,450

$72,992

 

$22,292

$49,608

$48,247

$77,484

2012

45

 

$30,167

$47,153

$46,920

$79,159

 

$31,374

$49,040

$48,798

$82,327

2013

45

 

$32,125

$47,466

$48,783

$77,988

 

$32,928

$48,653

$50,002

$79,938

2014

45

 

$25,750

$48,428

$47,667

$94,625

 

$25,942

$48,789

$48,022

$95,330

2015

45

 

$22,100

$49,031

$46,544

$100,000

 

$22,100

$49,031

$46,544

$100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-3.53%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-14.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-2.76%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 8. Legislative Assistant

 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$30,154

$43,493

$41,092

$70,000

 

$40,656

$58,641

$55,403

$94,380

2002

45

 

$29,068

$44,295

$43,333

$61,296

 

$38,582

$58,793

$57,517

$81,358

2003

45

 

$29,025

$45,828

$42,542

$121,750

 

$37,667

$59,472

$55,208

$157,998

2004

45

 

$30,081

$46,008

$43,750

$95,585

 

$38,024

$58,158

$55,303

$120,826

2005

45

 

$29,542

$50,609

$45,208

$104,290

 

$36,119

$61,877

$55,274

$127,509

2006

45

 

$35,994

$50,584

$48,750

$69,631

 

$42,633

$59,914

$57,741

$82,474

2007

45

 

$32,750

$50,261

$45,600

$120,136

 

$37,716

$57,882

$52,515

$138,353

2008

45

 

$35,267

$53,668

$49,389

$94,841

 

$39,113

$59,521

$54,775

$105,183

2009

45

 

$34,000

$49,982

$50,500

$63,500

 

$37,842

$55,630

$56,207

$70,676

2010

45

 

$37,637

$54,346

$51,427

$114,814

 

$41,214

$59,511

$56,315

$125,727

2011

45

 

$32,500

$50,506

$48,863

$96,400

 

$34,500

$53,614

$51,870

$102,333

2012

45

 

$29,000

$49,916

$49,250

$78,833

 

$30,161

$51,914

$51,221

$81,988

2013

45

 

$29,500

$48,395

$47,917

$72,802

 

$30,238

$49,605

$49,115

$74,623

2014

45

 

$31,333

$50,854

$49,219

$90,833

 

$31,567

$51,233

$49,586

$91,510

2015

45

 

$30,000

$49,860

$48,760

$83,336

 

$30,000

$49,860

$48,760

$83,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-5.99%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-15.55%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-11.99%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 9. Legislative Correspondent

 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

31

 

$24,500

$33,552

$31,313

$84,267

 

$33,033

$45,238

$42,218

$113,616

2002

45

 

$25,000

$34,141

$31,983

$52,000

 

$33,183

$45,315

$42,452

$69,020

2003

45

 

$23,958

$36,698

$35,614

$64,077

 

$31,091

$47,624

$46,217

$83,155

2004

40

 

$25,372

$36,524

$34,720

$66,667

 

$32,072

$46,168

$43,888

$84,271

2005

37

 

$26,000

$37,095

$35,250

$60,750

 

$31,789

$45,353

$43,098

$74,276

2006

45

 

$27,583

$39,217

$36,750

$73,315

 

$32,671

$46,450

$43,528

$86,837

2007

45

 

$28,544

$40,299

$39,617

$56,333

 

$32,872

$46,410

$45,624

$64,875

2008

45

 

$28,867

$39,190

$38,500

$55,680

 

$32,015

$43,464

$42,699

$61,752

2009

45

 

$29,085

$41,173

$38,875

$75,917

 

$32,372

$45,826

$43,268

$84,496

2010

45

 

$28,000

$40,366

$38,542

$75,833

 

$30,661

$44,203

$42,205

$83,041

2011

45

 

$28,833

$42,489

$39,600

$86,250

 

$30,608

$45,104

$42,037

$91,558

2012

45

 

$26,000

$39,351

$39,000

$65,000

 

$27,041

$40,926

$40,561

$67,601

2013

45

 

$28,900

$38,589

$37,500

$65,000

 

$29,623

$39,554

$38,438

$66,625

2014

45

 

$30,000

$41,122

$40,233

$63,000

 

$30,223

$41,428

$40,533

$63,469

2015

45

 

$25,000

$41,290

$40,000

$77,000

 

$25,000

$41,290

$40,000

$77,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-4.85%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-8.11%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-5.25%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 10. Legislative Director

     
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$47,000

$66,932

$66,250

$91,412

 

$63,370

$90,243

$89,324

$123,249

2002

45

 

$48,399

$71,594

$70,000

$117,000

 

$64,240

$95,027

$92,911

$155,295

2003

45

 

$51,048

$72,020

$70,500

$105,000

 

$66,246

$93,462

$91,490

$136,261

2004

45

 

$51,761

$73,294

$70,300

$124,833

 

$65,430

$92,649

$88,864

$157,798

2005

45

 

$58,963

$75,692

$72,068

$133,833

 

$72,090

$92,545

$88,113

$163,630

2006

45

 

$55,542

$76,599

$74,515

$101,917

 

$65,786

$90,726

$88,258

$120,714

2007

45

 

$58,000

$81,721

$81,667

$102,683

 

$66,795

$94,112

$94,050

$118,254

2008

45

 

$54,500

$82,548

$82,000

$124,333

 

$60,443

$91,550

$90,942

$137,892

2009

45

 

$51,500

$85,883

$84,417

$127,411

 

$57,320

$95,588

$93,957

$141,810

2010

45

 

$61,303

$87,717

$86,167

$118,000

 

$67,130

$96,054

$94,357

$129,216

2011

45

 

$47,075

$85,639

$86,750

$117,500

 

$49,972

$90,909

$92,089

$124,731

2012

45

 

$48,400

$82,327

$80,000

$138,000

 

$50,337

$85,622

$83,202

$143,523

2013

45

 

$50,736

$79,804

$80,000

$106,000

 

$52,005

$81,800

$82,000

$108,650

2014

45

 

$50,417

$87,256

$84,718

$127,000

 

$50,792

$87,906

$85,349

$127,946

2015

45

 

$55,133

$84,862

$86,500

$132,800

 

$55,133

$84,862

$86,500

$132,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-6.07%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-1.99%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-3.16%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. TabularPercentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 20162019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, isare presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 11. Office Manager

13. Legislative Director

Average

2004

2009

$91,384

2014

2016

$81,554

$96,920

           

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-1.83%

-0.96%

-9.93%

-4.76%

-5.26%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 14. Office Manager                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-5.37%

2.07%

-17.89%

-26.54%

-23.92%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2012, and 2014-2018 (no data are available for 2013), are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 15. Press Secretary                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-2.20%

-5.42%

-16.69%

-15.50%

-14.44%

 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Observations

Number
 

Minimum

Minimum

Q1

Average

Q2, Median

Median

Q3

Maximum

 

Average

Minimum

Average

Q1

Q2, Median

Maximum

Q3

Maximum

2001

45

 

$47,000

$22,949

60,000

$44,639

66,250

$46,167

72,458

$84,750

91,412
 

$66,932

$30,94167,462

$60,18686,122

$62,24695,093

$114,268104,003

$131,209

$96,071

2002

45

 

$18,260

45

$47,760

51,761

$45,833

62,667

$102,292

70,300
 

$78,316

$24,236

124,833

$63,393

73,294

$60,83569,655

$135,77284,330

$94,602

$105,389

$167,988

$98,632

2003

45

 

$22,500

$49,497

$49,673

45

$7651,500

 

$77,125

$29,199

84,417

$64,234

94,750

$64,462

127,411

$99,276

2004

43

 

85,883

$61,022

$20100,024

$52,846

112,268

$51,000

150,967

$86,650

 

$25,311

$66,801

101,761

Most Recent Five Years

$64,467

45

$109,531

2005

50,417

$77,750

40

$84,718
 

$99,417

$22,041

127,000

$47,198

87,256

$43,417

54,136

$89,688

 

83,486

$26,94890,968

$57,707106,751

$53,083136,370

$109,65693,693

2006

2015

44

45
 

$55,133

$29,150

76,875

$50,636

86,500

$49,352

90,083

$89,329

132,800
 

$84,862

$34,52659,131

$59,97482,449

$58,45492,772

$105,80596,615

$142,429

$91,015

2007

26

 

$30,750

$51,840

45

$46,133

63,722

$93,389

 

77,000

$35,413

85,500

$59,701

94,359

$53,129

128,150

$107,549

2008

35

 

87,306

$67,491

$26,989

90,557

$52,321

99,940

$50,583

135,729

$98,566

 

$29,932

92,470

2017

$58,026

45

$56,099

54,000

$109,314

2009

25

 

77,123

$88,500

$29,983

132,167

$55,578

87,830

$51,818

56,000

$106,877

 

79,980

$33,37291,778

$61,859100,510

$57,674137,062

$118,95591,083

2010

2018

31

45
 

$62,500

$32,250

82,868

$51,484

89,500

$49,000

102,500

$88139,333

 

$93,114

$35,31562,916

$56,37783,419

$53,65790,095

$103,181

$140,259

$93,732

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$22,949

$33,583

$46,167

$51,500

$84,750

$44,639

$32,939

$48,204

$66,266

$73,921

$121,647

$64,073

2004

43

$20,024

$41,846

$51,000

$61,192

$86,650

$52,846

$26,946

$56,312

$68,630

$82,345

$116,605

$71,115

2009

25

$29,983

$45,992

$51,818

$63,667

$106,877

$55,578

$35,527

$54,495

$61,398

$75,438

$126,637

$65,854

Most Recent Five Years

2014

27

$33,434

$40,046

$46,000

$60,404

$116,583

$52,283

$35,900

$43,001

$49,394

$64,861

$125,185

$56,141

2015

23

$35,850

$43,114

$50,000

$60,684

$85,038

$51,961

$38,449

$46,240

$53,625

$65,084

$91,204

$55,729

2016

31

$31,900

$42,250

$50,000

$62,827

$84,738

$52,830

$33,787

$44,749

$52,957

$66,543

$89,750

$55,955

2017

25

$33,175

$44,167

$51,375

$66,042

$91,258

$55,366

$34,404

$45,803

$53,278

$68,488

$94,638

$57,416

2018

27

$35,833

$43,500

$50,083

$64,018

$96,821

$56,300

$36,072

$43,789

$50,416

$64,443

$97,464

$56,674

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$29,000

$45,167

$50,000

$57,250

$85,913

$52,726

$41,625

$64,830

$71,768

$82,174

$123,316

$75,680

2004

45

$32,378

$45,653

$54,000

$66,390

$93,500

$56,927

$43,571

$61,435

$72,668

$89,341

$125,823

$76,606

2009

41

$36,000

$55,750

$62,208

$77,300

$117,400

$65,998

$42,656

$66,057

$73,710

$91,592

$139,106

$78,200

Most Recent Five Years

2014

28

$43,500

$53,458

$60,464

$68,196

$124,233

$63,049

$46,709

$57,402

$64,925

$73,227

$133,399

$67,700

2015

28

$40,500

$51,500

$57,875

$68,117

$116,458

$63,689

$43,436

$55,234

$62,072

$73,056

$124,902

$68,307

2016

44

$36,898

$52,390

$61,658

$69,625

$121,213

$62,365

$39,080

$55,489

$65,305

$73,743

$128,382

$66,054

2017

22

$42,000

$53,558

$60,542

$70,244

$90,333

$62,869

$43,556

$55,542

$62,784

$72,845

$93,679

$65,198

2018

21

$40,000

$55,667

$61,000

$70,800

$93,000

$63,188

$40,266

$56,037

$61,405

$71,271

$93,618

$63,608

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

$96,729

2011

21

 

$36,000

$52,858

$47,000

$82,500

 

$38,215

$56,111

$49,892

$87,577

2012

21

 

$30,103

$54,036

$50,319

$91,333

 

$31,308

$56,199

$52,333

$94,988

2013

 

 

2014

27

 

$33,434

$52,283

$46,000

$116,583

 

$33,683

$52,673

$46,343

$117,451

2015

23

 

$35,850

$51,961

$50,000

$85,038

 

$35,850

$51,961

$50,000

$85,038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

0.22%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-14.46%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-19.67%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. "—" indicates insufficient data available. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 12. Press Secretary/Communications Director

     
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$29,000

$54,897

$52,083

$99,020

 

$39,100

$74,016

$70,223

$133,508

2002

45

 

$37,226

$58,411

$57,625

$95,527

 

$49,410

$77,530

$76,486

$126,793

2003

45

 

$32,668

$59,875

$59,000

$93,000

 

$42,394

$77,701

$76,566

$120,689

2004

45

 

$32,378

$59,282

$56,000

$93,500

 

$40,928

$74,936

$70,788

$118,190

2005

45

 

$41,739

$65,916

$65,000

$101,000

 

$51,032

$80,592

$79,472

$123,487

2006

45

 

$29,010

$62,757

$62,500

$111,188

 

$34,360

$74,332

$74,027

$131,695

2007

45

 

$36,281

$67,472

$69,000

$110,000

 

$41,782

$77,703

$79,463

$126,680

2008

45

 

$40,000

$70,609

$69,948

$112,860

 

$44,362

$78,309

$77,576

$125,168

2009

45

 

$40,400

$72,711

$69,174

$128,992

 

$44,966

$80,928

$76,991

$143,569

2010

45

 

$46,000

$72,512

$67,250

$132,596

 

$50,372

$79,404

$73,642

$145,199

2011

45

 

$48,000

$76,528

$76,000

$120,000

 

$50,954

$81,238

$80,677

$127,385

2012

45

 

$29,959

$74,514

$73,167

$121,805

 

$31,157

$77,496

$76,095

$126,680

2013

45

 

$36,439

$70,351

$65,000

$124,861

 

$37,350

$72,110

$66,625

$127,983

2014

45

 

$42,500

$73,199

$72,000

$124,233

 

$42,816

$73,744

$72,536

$125,158

2015

45

 

$43,878

$69,302

$67,000

$108,333

 

$43,878

$69,302

$67,000

$108,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-16.95%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-9.49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-4.59%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. TabularPercentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 20162019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, isare presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 1316. Scheduler

           

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

-2.93%

-5.31%

-18.20%

-16.24%

-16.24%

     

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Table 17. Staff Assistant                

2017-2018

2014-2018

2009-2018

2004-2018

2001-2018

7.39%

6.10%

-7.07%

-15.29%

-7.19%

      Source:Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in median pay (expressed in constant, March 2019 dollars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2019 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, are presented in solid
 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Observations

 

Number

Minimum

Average

Q1

Q2, Median

Maximum

 

Q3

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Median

Minimum

Maximum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

19

$34,117

$37,125

$42,286

$45,066

$57,000

$42,699

$48,970

$53,288

$60,695

$64,686

$81,815

$61,288

2004

25

$30,625

$42,750

$45,100

$54,000

$104,367

$50,838

$41,212

$57,528

$60,691

$72,668

$140,446

$68,412

2009

41

$32,000

$42,981

$52,450

$57,098

$93,000

$52,879

$37,916

$50,927

$62,147

$67,655

$110,194

$62,655

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$29,667

$42,583

$50,000

$62,167

$96,950

$53,342

$31,855

$45,725

$53,689

$66,753

$104,103

$57,277

2015

45

$33,000

$42,917

$47,917

$58,333

$96,418

$51,932

$35,393

$46,028

$51,391

$62,563

$103,408

$55,697

2016

45

$35,000

$44,940

$51,202

$56,604

$92,500

$52,758

$37,070

$47,598

$54,231

$59,952

$97,971

$55,879

2017

45

$37,000

$46,965

$50,500

$57,444

$84,000

$53,683

$38,370

$48,705

$52,370

$59,572

$87,111

$55,671

2018

45

$36,259

$44,000

$50,500

$58,500

$98,000

$53,571

$36,500

$44,292

$50,836

$58,889

$98,651

$53,927

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Nominal, Current $

Constant, 2019, $

Year

Number

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Q1

Q2, Median

Q3

Maximum

Average

2001

45

$21,667

$28,750

$31,000

$35,166

$79,516

$33,302

$31,099

$41,267

$44,496

$50,476

$114,134

$47,800

2004

45

$21,200

$30,499

$36,227

$41,178

$52,750

$35,866

$28,529

$41,042

$48,750

$55,413

$70,986

$48,264

2009

45

$20,175

$30,333

$37,504

$43,583

$67,333

$37,829

$23,905

$35,942

$44,438

$51,641

$79,782

$44,824

Most Recent Five Years

2014

45

$21,067

$31,500

$36,250

$40,020

$88,058

$37,176

$22,621

$33,824

$38,924

$42,973

$94,555

$39,918

2015

45

$25,950

$32,000

$34,857

$39,967

$69,500

$37,958

$27,831

$34,320

$37,384

$42,864

$74,539

$40,710

2016

45

$19,000

$30,000

$33,413

$38,139

$64,183

$34,941

$20,124

$31,774

$35,389

$40,395

$67,979

$37,008

2017

45

$21,000

$33,250

$37,083

$43,251

$54,750

$38,071

$21,778

$34,482

$38,457

$44,853

$56,778

$39,481

2018

45

$31,000

$36,767

$41,025

$45,989

$58,754

$42,303

$31,206

$37,011

$41,298

$46,295

$59,145

$42,585

2018 Pay Distribution

Median Pay

Change

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

2001

19

 

$34,117

$42,699

$42,286

$57,000

 

$45,999

$57,571

$57,013

$76,853

2002

27

 

$29,500

$44,874

$43,483

$61,375

 

$39,155

$59,561

$57,716

$81,463

2003

31

 

$26,833

$47,053

$44,393

$104,367

 

$34,822

$61,062

$57,610

$135,440

2004

25

 

$30,625

$50,838

$45,100

$104,367

 

$38,712

$64,262

$57,009

$131,926

2005

37

 

$28,625

$44,975

$44,090

$69,250

 

$34,998

$54,988

$53,906

$84,668

2006

42

 

$30,167

$50,781

$47,817

$83,000

 

$35,730

$60,147

$56,636

$98,308

2007

29

 

$32,000

$55,354

$52,167

$93,162

 

$36,852

$63,747

$60,077

$107,288

2008

45

 

$32,625

$51,427

$50,481

$82,674

 

$36,183

$57,036

$55,986

$91,690

2009

41

 

$32,000

$52,879

$52,450

$93,000

 

$35,616

$58,855

$58,377

$103,510

2010

41

 

$31,547

$51,968

$47,000

$110,750

 

$34,545

$56,907

$51,467

$121,277

2011

26

 

$35,000

$53,293

$49,309

$90,942

 

$37,154

$56,573

$52,344

$96,539

2012

36

 

$34,533

$49,421

$46,333

$80,500

 

$35,915

$51,399

$48,188

$83,721

2013

26

 

$31,883

$51,910

$47,500

$85,833

 

$32,681

$53,208

$48,688

$87,980

2014

45

 

$29,667

$53,342

$50,000

$96,950

 

$29,888

$53,739

$50,372

$97,672

2015

45

 

$33,000

$51,932

$47,917

$96,418

 

$33,000

$51,932

$47,917

$96,418

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-8.46%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-15.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-15.96%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

Table 14. Staff Assistant

 

 

 

Nominal $

 

Constant $

Year

Observations

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

 

Minimum

Average

Median

Maximum

2001

45

 

$21,667

$33,302

$31,000

$79,516

 

$29,213

$44,900

$41,797

$107,210

2002

45

 

$24,500

$34,378

$33,000

$62,317

 

$32,519

$45,631

$43,801

$82,713

2003

45

 

$20,000

$37,518

$35,917

$74,394

 

$25,955

$48,688

$46,610

$96,544

2004

45

 

$21,200

$35,866

$36,227

$52,750

 

$26,798

$45,336

$45,793

$66,680

2005

45

 

$22,000

$38,296

$34,375

$105,950

 

$26,898

$46,822

$42,028

$129,539

2006

45

 

$21,834

$38,120

$35,167

$63,830

 

$25,861

$45,151

$41,653

$75,603

2007

45

 

$24,486

$39,808

$38,400

$60,790

 

$28,199

$45,844

$44,223

$70,008

2008

45

 

$25,500

$40,657

$36,156

$73,300

 

$28,281

$45,091

$40,098

$81,293

2009

45

 

$20,175

$37,829

$37,504

$67,333

 

$22,455

$42,105

$41,742

$74,943

2010

45

 

$25,000

$42,084

$39,750

$93,750

 

$27,376

$46,084

$43,528

$102,661

2011

45

 

$26,250

$38,681

$34,833

$87,500

 

$27,865

$41,061

$36,977

$92,885

2012

45

 

$22,000

$41,076

$35,767

$167,411

 

$22,880

$42,720

$37,198

$174,111

2013

45

 

$21,095

$37,726

$34,986

$67,167

 

$21,623

$38,669

$35,861

$68,846

2014

45

 

$21,067

$37,176

$36,250

$88,058

 

$21,224

$37,452

$36,520

$88,714

2015

45

 

$25,950

$37,958

$34,857

$69,500

 

$25,950

$37,958

$34,857

$69,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change

5 Years, 2011-2015

-5.73%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years, 2006-2015

-16.31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Years, 2001-2015

-16.60%

Median Pay

Change in Pay

2015 Pay Distribution

Dollars in figures are in thousands.

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as collated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Tabular change is based on change in median pay for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2016 dollars in thousands of dollars, or change in those levels, is presented in green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations."

green. Detailed information about data sources is available above in "Data Tables and Visualizations." Data provided here are partial; complete data, 2001-2018, are available to congressional requesters upon request.

Author Contact Information

[author name scrubbed]R. Eric Petersen, Coordinator, Specialist in American National Government ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])
[author name scrubbed]Raymond T. Williams, Research Assistant ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])

Acknowledgments

[author name scrubbed], Research Assistant, provided update support. Jacobo Licona, Brian Hamel, Joe Wisniewski, and Claire Laurence, former CRS interns, collected data for this report. [author name scrubbed], Visual Information Specialist, created the visualizations for this report. Claudia Guidi and Sandra L. Edwards, User Support Specialists, and Alex Marine, Publications Editor, provided formatting and editorial supportIn addition to the listed authors, a number of CRS staff made substantial contributions to this report. Sandra L. Edwards, User Support Specialist, and Michael M. McCarthy, Editor, provided formatting and editorial support. Amber Hope Wilhelm, Visual Information Specialist, created the visualizations. Lara Chausow, former Research Assistant, was a coauthor of this report and collected some of the data provided. Casey Burgat, former Research Assistant, provided update support. Claudia Guidi, formerly a User Support Specialist, and Alex Marine, former Publications Editor, provided formatting and editorial support. Jacobo Licona, Brian Hamel, Joe Wisniewski, and Claire Laurence, former CRS interns, collected data for this report.

Footnotes

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1.

Since 2009, the maximum annual pay for staff in House Member offices has been $168,411. See Order of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, January 9, 2009, set out as a note following 2 U.S.C. 4532. Maximum payable rates for House Member office staff since 2001 are available in Table 1.

2.

For discussion of resources available to Members to carry out their official duties, see CRS Report RL30064, Congressional Salaries and Allowances: In Brief, by [author name scrubbed]Ida A. Brudnick.

3.

ICF International, 2010 House Compensation Study: Guide for the 112th Congress, prepared for the Chief Administrative Officer, House of Representatives (Washington: 2010).

4.

In this report, pay refers to monies paid by the House to staff, and excludes other components of total compensation, which might include paid leave or employer contributions to various insurance and retirement benefits.

5.

Volumes of the Statement of Disbursements since July 2009 are available at http://disbursements.house.gov/.

6.

See http://www.legistorm.com/.

7.

For a discussion of staff roles in Members' offices, see, CRS Report RL34545, Congressional Staff: Duties and Functions of Selected Positions, by [author name scrubbed]R. Eric Petersen.

8.

Other job titles which may indicate similar duties, and for which pay data were collected for this category, include Constituent Services Representative and Federal Caseworker.

9.

Another job title which may indicate similar duties and for which pay data were collected for this category, was Communications Director.

10.

The brief reporting period accommodates accounting of the Member Representational Allowance (MRA), which authorizes expenditures from January 3 to January 2 of the following year. For a discussion of MRA usage, see CRS Report R40962, Members' Representational Allowance: History and Usage, by [author name scrubbed].

11Data for offices that employed Counsels are available 2010-2018. 10.

Obtaining the salaries of every congressional staff member listed in the SOD was beyond the capacity of available resources. Each year, a different, random sample of Members' offices was taken for each position. The large random sample of offices employing staff in each position means that a full accounting would be unlikely to yield significantly different results. At the same time, a study that examines pay data based on different job titles, or which combines pay data from positions of similar titles or duties (e.g., legislative assistant and senior legislative assistant, or executive assistants, schedulers, and executive assistant/schedulers), or estimates of pay using different data collection criteria, could result in findings that are different from those provided here.

1211.

The numbers of staff for which data were counted are identified as observations in the data tables.

13.

Other forms of payment do not appear to be recorded in a consistent manner. Sometimes overtime and other pay is listed as separate entries and in other instances, significant one-time changes in a quarterly total may suggest payments in addition to regular salary.

14.

Information about the duration of staff employment is available in CRS Report R44683, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Committees, 2006-2016, CRS Report R44685, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senate Committees, 2006-2016, CRS Report R44682, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2006-2016, and CRS Report R44684, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, 2006-2016.

1512.

For each year, the SOD reports pay data for five time periods: January 1 and 2; January 3-March 31; April 1-June 30; July 1-September 30; and October 1-December 31. The aggregate pay of those five periods equals the annual pay of a congressional staff member. The brief reporting period accommodates accounting of the Member Representational Allowance (MRA), which authorizes expenditures from January 3 to January 2 of the following year. For a discussion of MRA usage, see CRS Report R40962, Members' Representational Allowance: History and Usage, by Ida A. Brudnick. Other forms of payment do not appear to be recorded in a consistent manner. Sometimes overtime and other pay is listed as separate entries and in other instances, significant one-time changes in a quarterly total may suggest payments in addition to regular salary.

Staff of all Members who serve an entire calendar year may be included in the data. For information on the number of first-term Members in each Congress, see CRS Report R41283, First-Term Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, 64th - 113th-114th Congresses, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]Jennifer E. Manning and R. Eric Petersen.

1614.

Some offices reported pay data that excluded the January 1 and 2 period, or included those days in reports including the period from October 1 of the previous year.

1715.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index, at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/tables.htm.

1816.

Member pay data are taken from CRS Report 97-1011, Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables, by [author name scrubbed]Ida A. Brudnick.

1917.

General Schedule pay change is based on changes in pay levels, and not the pay of individuals. General Schedule pay tables are available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/20152019/general-schedule/. For a complete description of areas covered under the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA locality pay table, see httphttps://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/20142019/locality-pay-area-definitions/#wDC. For areas covered by the RUS, see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2019/locality-pay-area-definitions/#US.

20.

5 years, 2011-2015; 10 years, 2006-2015; and 15 years, 2001-2015.

21.

The median is the midpoint at which half of the numbers in a list are higher and the other half lower.