What Legislators Do

Develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Legislator Salaries

  • 2020 employment: 52,200
  • May 2021 median annual wage: $37,270

Job Outlook for Legislators

Projected employment change, 2020-30:

  • Number of new jobs: 4,000
  • Growth rate: 8 percent (As fast as average)

How to Become a Legislator

Education and training:

  • Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation: Less than 5 years
  • Typical on-the-job training: None

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*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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