Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2019

Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House September 11, 2020
Member Offices, 2001-2019
R. Eric Petersen
Levels of pay for congressional staff are a source of recurring questions among Members of
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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 16 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
(2010-2018), District Director, Executive Assistant, Field Representative, Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent,
Legislative Director, Office Manager, Press Secretary, Scheduler, Senior Legislative Assistant (2018-2019), and Staff
Assistant. The following table provides the change in median pay levels for these positions in constant 2020 dollars, between
2018 and 2019.
Percentage Change in Median Pay for Selected Staf Positions in House Members’ Of ices, 2018-2019
Caseworker
-8.66% Legislative Correspondent
-3.92%
Chief of Staff
-2.04% Legislative Director
-4.52%
Communications Director
6.96% Office Manager
-1.21%
Constituent Services Representative
-5.74% Press Secretary
-6.16%
District Director
1.08% Scheduler
6.97%
Executive Assistant
-3.03% Senior Legislative Assistant
-2.47%
Field Representative
1.82% Staff Assistant
-6.32%
Legislative Assistant
2.65%

Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Change is based on
constant 2020 dol ars.
Report tables provide aggregate statistics on pay for each staff position for 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2015-2019, including
quartiles, median pay, and average pay. Complete data for 2001-2019 are available to congressional staff upon request.
Graphic displays are also included, providing representations of pay from the following two perspectives:
 a line graph showing change in median pay, 2001-2019, in nominal (current) and constant, 2020 dollars;
and
 distributions of 2019 pay in constant 2020 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, Job Tenure, and Duties.

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Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................... 1
Data Concerns ................................................................................................................ 2
Data Tables and Visualizations .......................................................................................... 3
House Member Office Staff Pay Tables .............................................................................. 6

Tables
Table 1. Annual Maximum Pay for Selected Staff In House Members’ Offices, 2001-2019 ......... 4
Table 2. Change in Median Pay for Selected Staff In House Members’ Offices, Selected
Periods ....................................................................................................................... 5
Table 3. Caseworker ........................................................................................................ 7
Table 4. Chief of Staff...................................................................................................... 8
Table 5. Communications Director..................................................................................... 9
Table 6. Constituent Services Representative ..................................................................... 10
Table 7. Counsel, 2010-2018........................................................................................... 11
Table 8. District Director ................................................................................................ 12
Table 9. Executive Assistant ........................................................................................... 13
Table 10. Field Representative ........................................................................................ 14
Table 11. Legislative Assistant ........................................................................................ 15
Table 12. Legislative Correspondent ................................................................................ 16
Table 13. Legislative Director ......................................................................................... 17
Table 14. Office Manager ............................................................................................... 18
Table 15. Press Secretary................................................................................................ 19
Table 16. Scheduler ....................................................................................................... 20
Table 17. Senior Legislative Assistant, 2018-2019 .............................................................. 21
Table 18. Staff Assistant ................................................................................................. 22

Contacts
Author Information ....................................................................................................... 23


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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 typical y
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 study was issued in
2019.3 Like previous compensation studies,4 it relied on anonymous, self-reported survey data.
Pay5 information in this report is based on the Statement of Disbursements of the House (SOD),
published quarterly by the Chief Administrative Officer,6 as collated by LegiStorm, a private
entity that provides some congressional data by subscription.7 Data in this report are based on
official House reports of specific staff positions, which afford the opportunity to use consistently
collected data from a single, authoritative source, avoiding potential concerns inherent in survey
data. Additional y, this report provides annual data, which al ows for observations about the
nature of House Member staff compensation over time.
This report provides pay data for 16 staff position titles that are typical y used in House Members’
offices.8 The positions include the following:
Caseworker9
Legislative Assistant
Chief of Staff
Legislative Correspondent
Communications Director
Legislative Director
Constituent Services Representative
Office Manager
Counsel10
Press Secretary

1 Since 2020, the maximum annual pay for staff in House Member offices has been $173,900. See Order of the Speaker
of the House of Representatives
, January 27, 2020, 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 Ida A. Brudnick.
3 ICF, 2019 House of Representatives Compensation and Diversity Study Report: Member Committee and Leadership
Offices, Guide for the 116th Congress
, produced for the Chief Administrative Officer, House of Representatives
(Washington: 2019).
4 For example, ICF International, 2010 House Compensation Study: Guide for the 112th Congress, prepared for the
Chief Administrative Officer, House of Representatives (Washington: 20 10).
5 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.
6 Volumes of the Statement of Disbursements since July 2009 are available at http://disbursements.house.gov/.
7 See http://www.legistorm.com/.
8 For examples of staff roles and duties sought by Members of Congress, see CRS Report RL34545, Congressional
Staff: Duties and Functions of Selected Positions
, by R. Eric Petersen.
9 Other job titles which may indicate similar duties, and for which pay data were collected for this category, include
Federal Caseworker.
10 Data for offices that employed Counsels are available 2010-2018.
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Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2019

District Director
Scheduler
Executive Assistant
Senior Legislative Assistant11
Field Representative
Staff Assistant
The collection of House Members’ staff pay data for the years 2001-2019 proceeded as follows.
For each year, a random sample12 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
examined, and not receive pay from any other congressional employing authority to be included.
General y, 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.13 Data collected for this report may differ from an employee’s stated annual salary due
to the inclusion of overtime, bonuses, or other payments14 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 17 or fewer staff were identified for a position, this report
provides no data.
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, Job Tenure,
and Duties.
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 chal enges that could affect the findings or
their interpretation. Some of the concerns include the following:
 There are no data for first-term Members in the first session of a Congress.
Authority to use the Member Representational Al owance (MRA) for the
previous year expires January 2, and new MRA authority begins on January 3
when new Members typical y take office.15

11 Data for offices that employed Senior Legislative Assistants are available 2018 -2019.
12 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. T he 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 presumptive duties (e.g., legislative aide, legislative assistant and senior
legislative assistant, or executive assistants, schedulers, office managers, and executive assistant/schedulers), or
estimates of pay using different data collection criteria, could result in findings that are different from those provided
here.
13 T he numbers of staff for which data were counted are identified as observations in the data tables.
14 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. T he aggregate pay of those five periods equals the annual pay of a
congressional staff member. T he 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, Mem bers’ 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 might suggest
payments in addition to regular salary.
15 Staff of all Members who serve an entire calendar year may be included in the data. For information on the number
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 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 16 job position titles, or whose pay
data were not reported consistently,16 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 2020 dollars. Constant dollar calculations throughout the report are based on the
Consumer Price Index for Al Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for various years, expressed in constant
2020 dollars.17
Table 2 provides available percentage changes in median pay in constant 2020 dollars for each of
the 16 positions; for Members of Congress;18 and for salaries paid under the General Schedule in
Washington, DC, and surrounding areas and in the Rest of the United States (RUS) area.19 Table
3
through Table 18 provide tabular pay data for each staff position for 2001, 2005, 2010, and
2015-2019, including data distributed by quartile, median pay, and average pay. The numbers of
staff for which data were counted are identified as “#” in the data tables. Staff pay tables also
provide a comparison, at various intervals to 2019, based on data availability, of the cumulative
percentage change in median pay for that position, in constant, 2020 dollars.

of first -term Members in each Congress, see CRS Report R41283, First-Term Mem bers of the House of
Representatives and Senate, 64th-114th Congresses
, by Jennifer E. Manning and R. Eric Petersen .
16 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.
17 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index, at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/tables.htm.
18 Member pay data are taken from CRS Report 97-1011, Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and
Historical Tables
, by Ida A. Brudnick.
19 General Schedule pay change is based on changes in pay levels, and not the pay of individuals. General Schedule pay
tables for various years are available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. For a
complete description of areas covered under the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA and
RUS locality pay tables in 2020, see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2020/
locality-pay-area-definitions/.
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Graphic displays are also included for each position, providing representations of pay from the
following two perspectives:
 distributions of 2019 pay in 2020 dollars, in $10,000 increments; and
 a line graph showing change in median pay, 2001-2019, in nominal (current) and
constant 2020 dollars.
Table 1. Annual Maximum Pay for Selected Staff In House Members’ Offices,
2001-2019
Year
Nominal $
Constant 2020 $
2001
$140,451
$204,258
2002
$145,226
$207,915
2003
$149,728
$209,584
2004
$153,022
$208,639
2005
$156,848
$206,847
2006
$159,828
$204,191
2007
$159,828
$198,536
2008
$163,795
$195,940
2009
$168,411
$202,182
2010
$168,411
$198,919
2011
$168,411
$192,832
2012
$168,411
$188,922
2013
$168,411
$186,195
2014
$168,411
$183,223
2015
$168,411
$183,006
2016
$168,411
$180,726
2017
$168,411
$176,954
2018
$168,411
$172,737
2019
$168,411
$169,663
2020
$173,900
$173,900
Source: 2 U.S.C. 4532 note, CRS calculations. Detailed information about data sources is available above in
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Table 2. Change in Median Pay for Selected Staff In House Members’
Offices, Selected Periods
Change Based on Constant 2020 Dol ars
2018-2019
2015-2019
2010-2019
2005-2019
2001-2019

Caseworker
-8.66%
6.56%
-0.85%
-4.70%
0.58%
Chief of Staff
-2.04%
-1.81%
-9.93%
-8.79%
3.15%
Communications Director
6.96%
8.26%
-8.37%
-9.47%
-13.36%
Constituent Services Representative
-5.74%
-0.62%
-3.16%
-6.41%
-0.36%
District Director
1.08%
-6.77%
-11.79%
-12.86%
-8.99%
Executive Assistant
-3.03%
2.13%
-20.00%
-15.72%
-21.13%
Field Representative
1.82%
-1.40%
-12.10%
-7.21%
-3.41%
Legislative Assistant
2.65%
5.15%
-8.27%
-6.55%
-6.77%
Legislative Correspondent
-3.92%
7.70%
2.83%
0.70%
2.80%
Legislative Director
-4.52%
-6.76%
-13.88%
-7.78%
-9.03%
Office Manager
-1.21%
-6.60%
-12.31%
-11.37%
-24.41%
Press Secretary
-6.16%
-6.64%
-19.76%
-22.85%
-19.26%
Scheduler
6.97%
6.41%
-0.19%
-4.71%
-9.90%
Senior Legislative Assistant
-2.47%




Staff Assistant
-6.32%
4.07%
-16.04%
-13.04%
-12.56%
Congressional Staff Positions Pay Change Summary
Increase
5
7
1
1
3
Decrease
10
7
13
13
11
Members of Congress, General Schedule Pay Change
Members of Congress
-1.78%
-7.29%
-14.71%
-18.00%
-16.93%
General Schedule, Washington, DC
0.45%
1.23%
-5.00%
1.31%
8.68%
General Schedule, Rest of U.S.
-0.15%
-1.48%
-7.54%
-5.93%
-0.49%
Source: CRS calculations, based on pay data provided in Table 3 through Table 18 for congressional positions
in constant 2020 dol ars; 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. “—” indicates no
data. Detailed information about data sources is available above in “Data Tables and Visualizations.
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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
18
,
including the fol owing:
Minimum & Maximum
The smal est 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 al 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 fal s 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 fal s 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 smal est 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
Quartile1
Quartile2
Quartile3
Minimum
(Q1)
(Q2) Median
(Q3)
Maximum
Average
Lowest
25th Percentile
50th Percentile
75th percentile
Highest
The mean,
number in



number in a
or number
a list
list
expressing
25% of staff
50% of staff make less than
75% of staff
the central
make less than
Q2
make less than
value in a
Q1
Q3
set of data
Middle number
Median—midpoint at which
Middle number
between
half of the numbers in a list
between
Minimum and
are higher and the other half
Median and
Median
lower
Maximum
Lower Quartile
Interquartile Range = Q3-Q1 Upper Quartile


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Table 3. Caseworker
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$31,631
$43,629
$51,234
$58,350
$89,544
$52,630
2005
45
$29,000
$35,233
$41,000
$50,000
$72,000
$43,523
$38,244
$46,465
$54,070
$65,939
$94,952
$57,396
2010
45
$28,405
$38,792
$44,000
$53,750
$88,500
$48,080
$33,551
$45,819
$51,971
$63,487
$104,532
$56,789
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$28,000
$40,058
$44,500
$54,500
$84,667
$48,081
$30,427
$43,530
$48,356
$59,223
$92,004
$52,248
2016
45
$29,667
$40,544
$50,300
$56,837
$89,100
$50,290
$31,836
$43,509
$53,978
$60,993
$95,615
$53,968
2017
45
$30,000
$42,750
$51,000
$58,000
$92,567
$51,283
$31,522
$44,919
$53,588
$60,943
$97,263
$53,885
2018
45
$35,000
$47,500
$55,000
$64,000
$94,036
$55,985
$35,899
$48,720
$56,413
$65,644
$96,451
$57,423
2019
45
$23,000
$46,125
$51,150
$58,000
$90,500
$52,187
$23,171
$46,468
$51,530
$58,431
$91,173
$52,574
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-8.66%




2015-2019
6.56%



2010-2019
-0.85%



2005-2019
-4.70%



2001-2019
0.58%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 4. Chief of Staff
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2001
45
$76,361
$95,000
$104,250
$114,833
$137,020
$106,313
$111,052
$138,159
$151,611
$167,002
$199,268
$154,612
2005
45
$70,196
$115,450
$130,000
$146,712
$156,827
$129,013
$92,573
$152,253
$171,441
$193,480
$206,819
$170,139
2010
45
$98,500
$129,333
$147,000
$165,018
$168,411
$143,697
$116,343
$152,762
$173,629
$194,911
$198,919
$169,728
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$114,173
$137,924
$146,561
$160,000
$168,411
$147,650
$124,068
$149,877
$159,262
$173,866
$183,006
$160,446
2016
45
$116,534
$133,820
$148,902
$159,700
$168,411
$147,637
$125,056
$143,605
$159,790
$171,378
$180,726
$158,433
2017
45
$112,320
$139,444
$152,000
$160,834
$168,411
$150,185
$118,019
$146,520
$159,712
$168,994
$176,956
$157,805
2018
45
$99,917
$137,000
$155,637
$168,000
$168,411
$149,871
$102,483
$140,519
$159,635
$172,315
$172,737
$153,720
2019
45
$105,750
$144,652
$155,226
$168,411
$168,411
$153,302
$106,536
$145,727
$156,379
$169,663
$169,663
$154,441
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-2.04%




2015-2019
-1.81%



2010-2019
-9.93%



2005-2019
-8.79%



2001-2019
3.15%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 5. Communications Director
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$51,240
$74,340
$92,439
$104,710
$144,005
$92,404
2005
45
$45,817
$55,916
$67,083
$76,300
$102,125
$67,517
$60,422
$73,741
$88,468
$100,623
$134,680
$89,040
2010
45
$52,000
$61,000
$74,000
$83,500
$132,596
$76,208
$61,420
$72,050
$87,405
$98,626
$156,616
$90,013
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$43,878
$61,678
$68,078
$77,937
$102,918
$70,327
$47,680
$67,023
$73,978
$84,692
$111,837
$76,422
2016
45
$48,000
$58,546
$68,125
$82,680
$120,300
$73,690
$51,510
$62,827
$73,106
$88,726
$129,097
$79,079
2017
45
$46,500
$69,000
$75,000
$84,250
$106,733
$76,784
$48,859
$72,501
$78,805
$88,525
$112,149
$80,680
2018
45
$52,000
$63,333
$73,001
$89,986
$124,000
$77,436
$53,336
$64,960
$74,876
$92,297
$127,185
$79,426
2019
45
$41,000
$66,333
$79,500
$90,000
$114,750
$77,817
$41,305
$66,826
$80,091
$90,669
$115,603
$78,396
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
6.96%




2015-2019
8.26%



2010-2019
-8.37%



2005-2019
-9.47%



2001-2019
-13.36%












Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 6. Constituent Services Representative
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$37,658
$41,868
$47,688
$54,392
$68,178
$49,177
2005
45
$25,533
$34,797
$38,500
$43,000
$56,000
$38,529
$33,673
$45,890
$50,773
$56,707
$73,851
$50,811
2010
45
$25,000
$37,000
$41,542
$54,500
$66,667
$44,824
$29,529
$43,703
$49,067
$64,373
$78,743
$52,944
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$28,500
$36,000
$44,000
$50,322
$77,250
$44,186
$30,970
$39,120
$47,813
$54,683
$83,945
$48,015
2016
45
$22,903
$39,775
$44,000
$56,400
$74,417
$46,874
$24,577
$42,683
$47,217
$60,524
$79,858
$50,302
2017
45
$20,425
$41,000
$46,500
$52,500
$64,000
$47,104
$21,461
$43,080
$48,859
$55,164
$67,247
$49,494
2018
45
$23,833
$42,925
$49,150
$54,972
$73,567
$49,145
$24,446
$44,028
$50,412
$56,384
$75,456
$50,407
2019
45
$31,000
$41,900
$47,167
$53,500
$65,500
$48,308
$31,230
$42,211
$47,517
$53,898
$65,987
$48,667
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-5.74%




2015-2019
-0.62%



2010-2019
-3.16%



2005-2019
-6.41%



2001-2019
-0.36%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 7. Counsel, 2010-2018
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2010
30
$45,250
$61,013
$75,502
$87,724
$127,981
$76,884
$53,447
$72,065
$89,179
$103,616
$151,165
$90,811
Most Recent Five Years
2015
23
$41,000
$61,000
$70,678
$80,324
$108,142
$71,155
$44,553
$66,286
$76,803
$87,285
$117,513
$77,321
2016
28
$44,500
$53,425
$60,333
$68,000
$91,097
$61,538
$47,754
$57,332
$64,745
$72,972
$97,759
$66,038
2017
21
$29,000
$52,000
$68,333
$77,841
$88,000
$64,413
$30,471
$54,638
$71,800
$81,791
$92,465
$67,681
2018
25
$46,000
$61,750
$72,333
$81,333
$99,000
$70,871
$47,182
$63,336
$74,191
$83,423
$101,543
$72,691
Median Pay









































Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. In the visualization, position pay information based on
constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of dol ars, 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, 2010-2018, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 8. District Director
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2001
45
$49,538
$58,667
$72,844
$78,240
$101,624
$70,062
$72,043
$85,319
$105,938
$113,785
$147,792
$101,891
2005
45
$49,583
$73,412
$83,904
$94,320
$123,500
$83,325
$65,389
$96,814
$110,650
$124,387
$162,869
$109,888
2010
45
$48,100
$83,500
$92,545
$107,000
$136,003
$95,323
$56,813
$98,626
$109,310
$126,383
$160,640
$112,591
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$59,433
$78,000
$95,167
$112,000
$162,600
$97,911
$64,584
$84,760
$103,414
$121,706
$176,691
$106,396
2016
45
$58,417
$79,500
$89,750
$105,917
$145,265
$94,988
$62,688
$85,313
$96,313
$113,662
$155,887
$101,934
2017
45
$56,000
$85,638
$95,172
$105,000
$163,028
$97,105
$58,841
$89,984
$100,001
$110,327
$171,300
$102,031
2018
45
$62,200
$81,250
$93,000
$105,000
$138,000
$94,042
$63,798
$83,337
$95,389
$107,697
$141,545
$96,457
2019
45
$56,150
$81,150
$95,706
$106,000
$132,958
$94,771
$56,567
$81,753
$96,417
$106,788
$133,946
$95,476
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
1.08%




2015-2019
-6.77%



2010-2019
-11.79%


2005-2019
-12.86%


2001-2019
-8.99%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 9. Executive Assistant
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$40,115
$65,080
$77,276
$95,863
$151,490
$82,782
2005
45
$27,000
$49,667
$54,837
$76,333
$97,275
$60,504
$35,607
$65,499
$72,318
$100,667
$128,284
$79,791
2010
45
$20,500
$49,750
$64,500
$82,069
$134,278
$67,102
$24,214
$58,762
$76,184
$96,935
$158,602
$79,258
Most Recent Five Years
2015
38
$21,000
$44,412
$54,917
$66,125
$92,426
$55,918
$22,820
$48,261
$59,676
$71,855
$100,435
$60,764
2016
42
$21,000
$48,667
$56,799
$64,768
$93,291
$57,936
$22,536
$52,225
$60,952
$69,504
$100,112
$62,172
2017
28
$21,000
$49,125
$62,590
$73,845
$96,500
$61,742
$22,065
$51,618
$65,766
$77,592
$101,396
$64,874
2018
34
$35,041
$49,250
$61,278
$78,246
$166,137
$67,677
$35,941
$50,515
$62,852
$80,256
$170,404
$69,416
2019
19
$22,583
$49,813
$60,500
$65,042
$103,750
$59,981
$22,751
$50,183
$60,950
$65,525
$104,521
$60,427
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-3.03%




2015-2019
2.13%



2010-2019
-20.00%


2005-2019
-15.72%


2001-2019
-21.13%












Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 10. Field Representative
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$32,185
$45,447
$51,628
$59,328
$109,473
$55,616
2005
45
$25,805
$36,500
$40,750
$47,500
$72,000
$43,791
$34,031
$48,135
$53,740
$62,642
$94,952
$57,750
2010
45
$28,917
$41,200
$48,033
$54,248
$77,311
$48,932
$34,155
$48,663
$56,735
$64,075
$91,316
$57,796
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$22,100
$40,994
$46,544
$55,000
$100,000
$49,031
$24,015
$44,547
$50,578
$59,766
$108,666
$53,280
2016
45
$25,000
$39,050
$47,667
$56,250
$71,890
$48,188
$26,828
$41,905
$51,152
$60,363
$77,147
$51,711
2017
45
$21,500
$44,500
$48,750
$57,489
$81,400
$50,091
$22,591
$46,758
$51,223
$60,406
$85,530
$52,632
2018
45
$29,250
$41,000
$47,750
$54,750
$72,128
$48,707
$30,001
$42,053
$48,976
$56,156
$73,980
$49,959
2019
45
$30,761
$45,000
$49,500
$57,000
$74,440
$50,824
$30,989
$45,334
$49,868
$57,424
$74,993
$51,202
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
1.82%




2015-2019
-1.40%



2010-2019
-12.10%


2005-2019
-7.21%



2001-2019
-3.41%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 11. Legislative Assistant
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$43,853
$54,898
$59,760
$66,427
$101,801
$63,252
2005
45
$29,542
$40,150
$45,208
$52,500
$104,290
$50,609
$38,959
$52,949
$59,620
$69,236
$137,535
$66,742
2010
45
$37,637
$45,500
$51,427
$58,250
$114,814
$54,346
$44,455
$53,742
$60,743
$68,802
$135,613
$64,190
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$30,000
$43,850
$48,760
$52,667
$83,336
$49,860
$32,600
$47,650
$52,986
$57,231
$90,558
$54,181
2016
45
$36,896
$46,500
$49,400
$59,583
$72,967
$52,276
$39,594
$49,900
$53,012
$63,940
$78,302
$56,098
2017
45
$41,746
$48,833
$54,000
$60,961
$91,033
$56,951
$43,864
$51,311
$56,740
$64,054
$95,652
$59,841
2018
45
$37,163
$50,000
$52,917
$57,500
$96,417
$55,304
$38,118
$51,284
$54,276
$58,977
$98,893
$56,725
2019
45
$43,000
$50,058
$55,306
$63,333
$91,208
$56,741
$43,320
$50,430
$55,717
$63,804
$91,886
$57,163
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
2.65%




2015-2019
5.15%



2010-2019
-8.27%



2005-2019
-6.55%



2001-2019
-6.77%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 12. Legislative Correspondent
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$35,630
$40,357
$45,538
$48,234
$122,549
$48,795
2005
37
$26,000
$31,833
$35,250
$41,122
$60,750
$37,095
$34,288
$41,981
$46,487
$54,231
$80,116
$48,919
2010
45
$28,000
$36,750
$38,542
$42,000
$75,833
$40,366
$33,072
$43,407
$45,524
$49,608
$89,571
$47,679
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$25,000
$36,250
$40,000
$43,750
$77,000
$41,290
$27,167
$39,391
$43,466
$47,541
$83,673
$44,868
2016
45
$25,000
$37,000
$40,255
$43,000
$58,667
$40,713
$26,828
$39,706
$43,199
$46,144
$62,957
$43,690
2017
41
$30,729
$38,000
$41,156
$45,917
$63,000
$42,420
$32,288
$39,928
$43,244
$48,246
$66,197
$44,572
2018
45
$35,833
$42,900
$47,500
$52,125
$78,250
$48,217
$36,754
$44,002
$48,720
$53,464
$80,260
$49,456
2019
45
$35,167
$39,750
$46,467
$48,750
$69,250
$45,457
$35,428
$40,045
$46,812
$49,112
$69,765
$45,795
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-3.92%




2015-2019
7.70%



2010-2019
2.83%



2005-2019
0.70%



2001-2019
2.80%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 13. Legislative Director
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2001
45
$47,000
$60,000
$66,250
$72,458
$91,412
$66,932
$68,352
$87,258
$96,348
$105,376
$132,940
$97,339
2005
45
$58,963
$67,454
$72,068
$81,583
$133,833
$75,692
$77,758
$88,957
$95,042
$107,590
$176,496
$99,821
2010
45
$61,303
$79,800
$86,167
$95,868
$118,000
$87,717
$72,408
$94,256
$101,776
$113,235
$139,376
$103,607
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$55,133
$76,875
$86,500
$90,083
$132,800
$84,862
$59,911
$83,537
$93,996
$97,890
$144,309
$92,216
2016
45
$63,722
$77,000
$85,500
$94,359
$128,150
$87,306
$68,382
$82,630
$91,752
$101,259
$137,521
$93,690
2017
45
$54,000
$77,123
$88,500
$96,920
$132,167
$87,830
$56,740
$81,036
$92,990
$101,838
$138,873
$92,287
2018
45
$62,500
$82,868
$89,500
$102,500
$139,333
$93,114
$64,106
$84,996
$91,799
$105,133
$142,912
$95,505
2019
45
$70,167
$80,715
$87,000
$95,417
$127,250
$89,596
$70,688
$81,315
$87,647
$96,126
$128,196
$90,262
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-4.52%




2015-2019
-6.76%



2010-2019
-13.88%


2005-2019
-7.78%



2001-2019
-9.03%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 14. Office Manager
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$33,374
$48,840
$67,140
$74,896
$123,252
$64,918
2005
40
$22,041
$36,941
$43,417
$54,062
$89,688
$47,198
$29,067
$48,717
$57,257
$71,296
$118,278
$62,244
2010
31
$32,250
$38,329
$49,000
$60,763
$88,333
$51,484
$38,092
$45,273
$57,876
$71,770
$104,335
$60,810
Most Recent Five Years
2015
23
$35,850
$43,114
$50,000
$60,684
$85,038
$51,961
$38,957
$46,851
$54,333
$65,943
$92,407
$56,464
2016
31
$31,900
$42,250
$50,000
$62,827
$84,738
$52,830
$34,233
$45,339
$53,656
$67,421
$90,934
$56,693
2017
25
$33,175
$44,167
$51,375
$66,042
$91,258
$55,366
$34,858
$46,408
$53,982
$69,392
$95,888
$58,175
2018
27
$35,833
$43,500
$50,083
$64,018
$96,821
$56,300
$36,754
$44,617
$51,370
$65,662
$99,308
$57,746
2019
21
$40,155
$43,667
$50,375
$63,000
$91,626
$55,829
$40,454
$43,991
$50,749
$63,468
$92,307
$56,244
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-1.21%




2015-2019
-6.60%



2010-2019
-12.31%


2005-2019
-11.37%


2001-2019
-24.41%












Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 15. Press Secretary
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$42,175
$65,686
$72,715
$83,259
$124,943
$76,679
2005
45
$30,722
$50,000
$57,708
$68,000
$101,000
$61,521
$40,516
$65,939
$76,104
$89,677
$133,196
$81,133
2010
45
$40,361
$52,000
$61,953
$72,699
$109,200
$65,657
$47,673
$61,420
$73,176
$85,868
$128,982
$77,551
Most Recent Five Years
2015
28
$40,500
$51,500
$57,875
$68,117
$116,458
$63,689
$44,010
$55,963
$62,891
$74,020
$126,551
$69,208
2016
44
$36,898
$52,390
$61,658
$69,625
$121,213
$62,365
$39,596
$56,221
$66,167
$74,716
$130,077
$66,925
2017
22
$42,000
$53,558
$60,542
$70,244
$90,333
$62,869
$44,131
$56,276
$63,613
$73,808
$94,917
$66,059
2018
21
$40,000
$55,667
$61,000
$70,800
$93,000
$63,188
$41,027
$57,097
$62,567
$72,619
$95,389
$64,811
2019
18
$41,500
$50,181
$58,280
$66,745
$98,333
$62,515
$41,808
$50,553
$58,713
$67,241
$99,064
$62,980
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-6.16%




2015-2019
-6.64%



2010-2019
-19.76%


2005-2019
-22.85%


2001-2019
-19.26%












Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 16. Scheduler
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2001
19
$34,117
$37,125
$42,286
$45,066
$57,000
$42,699
$49,616
$53,991
$61,496
$65,540
$82,895
$62,097
2005
37
$28,625
$38,000
$44,090
$49,250
$69,250
$44,975
$37,750
$50,113
$58,145
$64,950
$91,325
$59,312
2010
41
$31,547
$39,750
$47,000
$61,250
$110,750
$51,968
$37,261
$46,951
$55,514
$72,345
$130,812
$61,382
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$33,000
$42,917
$47,917
$58,333
$96,418
$51,932
$35,860
$46,636
$52,069
$63,389
$104,773
$56,432
2016
45
$35,000
$44,940
$51,202
$56,604
$92,500
$52,758
$37,559
$48,226
$54,946
$60,743
$99,264
$56,616
2017
45
$37,000
$46,965
$50,500
$57,444
$84,000
$53,683
$38,877
$49,348
$53,062
$60,359
$88,262
$56,407
2018
45
$36,259
$44,000
$50,500
$58,500
$98,000
$53,571
$37,190
$45,130
$51,797
$60,003
$100,517
$54,947
2019
45
$35,833
$46,417
$55,000
$61,750
$107,000
$56,270
$36,099
$46,762
$55,409
$62,209
$107,795
$56,689
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
6.97%




2015-2019
6.41%



2010-2019
-0.19%



2005-2019
-4.71%



2001-2019
-9.90%













Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 17. Senior Legislative Assistant, 2018-2019
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average Minimum
Q1
Q2, Median
Q3
Maximum Average
2018
31
$50,733
$59,867
$65,083
$69,167
$81,961
$65,070
$52,037
$61,404
$66,755
$70,943
$84,066
$66,742
2019
44
$20,185
$55,037
$64,625
$71,021
$99,250
$63,667
$20,335
$55,446
$65,105
$71,549
$99,988
$64,140
2019 Pay Distribution


Change


2018-2019
-2.47%

































Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualization, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2018-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Table 18. Staff Assistant
Nominal, Current $
Constant, 2020, $


Year
#
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
$31,510
$41,811
$45,083
$51,142
$115,640
$48,431
2005
45
$22,000
$30,000
$34,375
$42,500
$105,950
$38,296
$29,013
$39,563
$45,333
$56,048
$139,724
$50,504
2010
45
$25,000
$33,633
$39,750
$47,689
$93,750
$42,084
$29,529
$39,726
$46,951
$56,328
$110,733
$49,708
Most Recent Five Years
2015
45
$25,950
$32,000
$34,857
$39,967
$69,500
$37,958
$28,199
$34,773
$37,878
$43,430
$75,523
$41,248
2016
45
$19,000
$30,000
$33,413
$38,139
$64,183
$34,941
$20,389
$32,194
$35,856
$40,928
$68,877
$37,496
2017
45
$21,000
$33,250
$37,083
$43,251
$54,750
$38,071
$22,066
$34,937
$38,965
$45,445
$57,528
$40,003
2018
45
$31,000
$36,767
$41,025
$45,989
$58,754
$42,303
$31,797
$37,711
$42,079
$47,170
$60,263
$43,390
2019
45
$29,000
$34,849
$39,130
$46,994
$67,333
$41,961
$29,215
$35,108
$39,421
$47,343
$67,834
$42,272
Median Pay

2019 Pay Distribution


Change



2018-2019
-6.32%




2015-2019
4.07%



2010-2019
-16.04%


2005-2019
-13.04%


2001-2019
-12.56%












Dol ars in figures are in thousands.





Source: Statement of Disbursements of the House, as col ated by LegiStorm, various years, and CRS calculations. Percentage change in pay is based on the change in
median pay (expressed in constant, 2020 dol ars) for the periods noted. In the visualizations, position pay information based on constant 2020 dol ars in thousands of
dol ars, 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, 2001-2019, are available to congressional staff upon request.
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Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2019



Author Information

R. Eric Petersen

Specialist in American National Government


Acknowledgments
A number of CRS staff made substantial contributions to this report. William T. Egar, former Analyst in
American National Government, provided technical and editorial assistance. Jonathan P Kardashian, User
Support Specialist, and Andrew M. Schaefer, Editor, provided formatting, editorial, and production
support. Amber Hope Wilhelm, Visual Information Specialist, originally created the visualizations.
Previous versions of the report were supported by the following: Raymond T. Williams and Lara Chausow,
former Research Assistants, were coauthors and collected some of the data provided. Casey Burgat, former
Research Assistant, provided update support. Sandra L. Edwards, User Support Specialist, and Michael M.
McCarthy, Editor, Claudia Guidi, formerly a User Support Specialist, and Alex Marine, former Editor,
provided formatting, editorial, and production support. Jacobo Licona, Brian Hamel, Joe Wisniewski, and
Claire Laurence, former CRS interns, collected data for this report.

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