Congressional Staff: CRS Products on Size, Pay, and Job Tenure

The manner in which staff are integrated and utilized within an organization may reflect the missions and priorities of that organization. In Congress, staff work for Members of Congress in personal, committee, and leadership offices, and are involved with every facet of congressional activity. Activities might include supporting a Member’s representational, legislative, leadership, or administrative responsibilities as they arise in those settings.

House and Senate staff activities may be of particular interest as one Congress comes to a close, and another Congress integrates new Members and staff in support of addressing its constitutional and representational responsibilities. Interest in staff issues may also arise when considering committee funding or appropriations for the legislative branch.

CRS has several products about congressional staff, listed below, that provide information about staff roles and data over time about the number of staff, pay levels, and time in specific positions in Member office and committee settings. Please contact the authors of the individual reports for additional information.

Congressional Staff: CRS Products on Size, Pay, and Job Tenure

November 14, 2016 (R44688)

The manner in which staff are integrated and utilized within an organization may reflect the missions and priorities of that organization. In Congress, staff work for Members of Congress in personal, committee, and leadership offices, and are involved with every facet of congressional activity. Activities might include supporting a Member's representational, legislative, leadership, or administrative responsibilities as they arise in those settings.

House and Senate staff activities may be of particular interest as one Congress comes to a close, and another Congress integrates new Members and staff in support of addressing its constitutional and representational responsibilities. Interest in staff issues may also arise when considering committee funding or appropriations for the legislative branch.

CRS has several products about congressional staff, listed below, that provide information about staff roles and data over time about the number of staff, pay levels, and time in specific positions in Member office and committee settings. Please contact the authors of the individual reports for additional information.

House of Representatives

CRS Report R43947, House of Representatives Staff Levels in Member, Committee, Leadership, and Other Offices, 1977-2016, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed].

Member Offices

CRS Report R44682, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2006-2016, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed].

CRS Report R44323, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2001-2015, coordinated by [author name scrubbed].

House Committees

CRS Report R44683, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Committees, 2006-2016, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed].

CRS Report R44322, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Committees, 2001-2015, coordinated by [author name scrubbed].

Senate

CRS Report R43946, Senate Staff Levels in Member, Committee, Leadership, and Other Offices, 1977-2016, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed].

Senators' Offices

CRS Report R44684, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, 2006-2016, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed].

CRS Report R44324, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, FY2001-FY2015, coordinated by [author name scrubbed].

Senate Committees

CRS Report R44685, Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in Senate Committees, 2006-2016, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed].

CRS Report R44325, Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senate Committees, FY2001-FY2015, coordinated by [author name scrubbed].

Staff Duties

CRS Report RL34545, Congressional Staff: Duties and Functions of Selected Positions, by R. Eric Petersen.

Author Contact Information

[author name scrubbed], Coordinator, Specialist in American National Government ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])
[author name scrubbed], Analyst in American National Government ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])
[author name scrubbed], Research Assistant ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])