Table 3.10

Legislative Compensation: Other Payments and Benefits


  Insurance benefits
FIPS State or other
jurisdiction
Legislator's compensation for office supplies, district offices and staffing Health Dental Vision Disability insurance Life insurance benefits
01AlabamaNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.None.None.
02AlaskaSenators receive $20,000/year and representatives receive $12,000/year for postage, stationery and other legislative expenses. Staffing allowances are determined by rules and presiding officers, depending on time of year.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
04ArizonaNoneS.A., S.P.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.
05ArkansasNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
06CaliforniaSenate member expenses are paid directly and maintained by the Senate Rules Committee. Assembly member expenses are paid directly and maintained by the Assembly Rules Committee. No limits.S.A., S.P.P.State pays for basic plan; enhanced coverage is available at an additional cost to member.State pays for basic plan; enhanced coverage is available at an additional cost to member.Senators are covered by a long-term disability insurance policy; Assembly members do not have disability insurance coverage.Members are eligible for up to $250,000 term coverage. Senators pay 10% of the age-based premium plus the taxable value on coverage above $50,000. Assembly members pay the taxable value on coverage above $50,000.
08ColoradoNone.S.A., S.P.P. Amount differs according to plan selected.S.A., S.P.P. Amount differs according to plan selected.Included in health coverage without additional cost.None.S.A., S.P. for $50,000 policy. Additional is optional at legislator's expense.
09ConnecticutSenators receive $5,500/year and represenatives receive $4,500/year for unvouchered expenses (not staff).S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A. Some health insurance plans include discounts on eyewear.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.
10DelawareNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A
12FloridaSenators receive $44,452/year and represenatives receive $39,534/year for district office expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A., O.P.S.P.S.A. S.P. for $25,000 coveraage.
13GeorgiaNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
15Hawaii$13,804/year for legislative-related expenses, including office supplies, postage, official travel, etc.S.A.S.A. Several plans are available with differing employee contribution rates and copayments.S.A. Several plans are available with differing employee contribution rates and copayments.None.S.A., S.P.
16Idaho$2,500/year for unvouchered constituent expense, and additional amounts are paid incrementally to those serving from larger geographic areas.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.
17Illinois$69,409/year for office expenses, including district offices and staffing.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
18IndianaNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
19Iowa$300/month for district constituency postage, travel, telephone and other expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A
20Kansas$7,083/year for a legislative allowance during the interim. Staffing allowances for leadership only; amount varies by office.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
21Kentucky$1,788.51/year for district expenses during interim.S.A.S.A.S.A.None.S.A.
22Louisiana$2,000/month for vouchered office expenses, rent and travel mileage in district. Newly elected members receive $2,000 for office furniture allowance and $500 for the same upon each re-election. Staff allowance based on promotional grade, beginning at $27,300/year.S.A., S.P.P.S.A. Legislator pays 100%.S.A. Legislator pays 100%.O.P. Legislator pays 100%.O.P. Legislator pays 100%.
23MaineSenators receive $2,000/year and represenatives receive $1,500/year for constituent services. No other allowances provided; however, supplies for staff offices are provided and paid for out of general legislative account.S.A. S.P. 100% of legislator coverage and 50% of dependent coverage.S.A., S.P. 100% of legislator coverage only.O.P.None.O.P.
24MarylandSenators receive $46,325/year and delegates receive $55,511/year for expenses and staffing. Senators also receive one institutionally compensated legislative aide.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
25Massachusetts$17,043/year office stipend for legislators who live 50 miles or fewer from the state house; $22,723/year for members who live more than 50 miles from the state house. Can be used for travel.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
26MichiganSenators receive a base allowance of $226,700 (majority members) or $183,600 (minority members) for staffing, and each senator received $54,500 for office operations. Representatives receive a base allowance of $104,000 (majority members) or $101,000 (minority members) for office and staffing expenses.S.P.P.S.P.P.S.P.P.None.S.P.P.
27Minnesota$1,000/year postage allotment.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
28MississippiNone.S.A.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., S.P.P. State pays 50% and legislator pays 50%.
29MissouriSenators receive $94,464/year for staff salaries. Legislators in both chambers receive $24,100/y for mailings, travel, supplies and other office expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
30Montana$1,500/year for constituent services.S.A.S.A.S.A.None.S.A.
31Nebraska$2,800/session for telephone and $60/session for postage.O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.
32NevadaNone.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.
33New HampshireNone.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.None.None.
34New Jersey$135,000/year for district office personnel. The Legislature provides stationery for each legislator and 10,000 postage stamps/year. District office expenses are handled by the Office of Legislative Services.S.A. Members appointed or elected after 5/21/10 must pay full cost of coverage.S.A. Members appointed or elected after 5/21/10 are not eligible for dental coverage.S.A. Members appointed or elected after 5/21/10 must pay full cost of coverage.Permanent disability available if enrolled in pension plan.Members enrolled in the pension plan: up to three times annual salary. Members enrolled in defined contribution plan: one and a half times annual salary. Members not covered by either plan: no death benefit.
35New MexicoNone.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.None.S.A., O.P.
36New YorkLegislators receive an allowance for office and staffing expenses; the amount is unavailable.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
37North Carolina$2,275/biennium for office expenses. No staffing allowance.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A., O.P.S.A.
38North Dakota$90/month phone and data stipend. No other office or staffing allowances.S.A., S.P.S.A. Legislator pays premium.S.A. Legislator pays premium.None.S.A. State pays for $7,000 term life policy.
39OhioNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
40OklahomaSenators receive $1,500/year and Representaitves receive $2,000/year for office supplies and expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
41Oregon$5,986/biennium for interim expenses; $5,070/biennium for session services and supplies. $95,104/biennium for inteirm staff; $67,530/biennium for session staffing.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., O.P.S.A., O.P.
42Pennsylvania$20,000/fiscal year for office expenses. Staffing expenses are determined by leadership.S.A. Legislators pay 1% of salary toward medical/hospital, dental, vision and prescription benefits.S.A. Legislators pay 1% of salary toward medical/hospital, dental, vision and prescription benefits.S.A. Legislators pay 1% of salary toward medical/hospital, dental, vision and prescription benefits.None.S.A. Legislators pay 1% of salary toward medical/hospital, dental, vision and prescription benefits.
44Rhode IslandNone.S.A.S.A.S.A.None.S.A.
45South Carolina$1,000/month for in-district expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
46South DakotaNone.None.None.None.None.S.P. Accidental death/dismemberment insurance only.
47Tennessee$1,000/month for in-district expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.None.S.A. State pays first $33,500 of the basic life insurance; remainder paid by legislator.
48TexasSenators receive $41,000/month for staff salaries and staff travel. No limit on office expenses or district office leases, though leases must be within the going rate in the geogrpahic region and all expenses must be approved by the secretary of state.S.A.S.A.S.A.S,A,S.A.
49UtahNone.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.S.A.S.A., S.P.S.A., S.P. State pays full premium for $25,000 basic term life coverage.
50VermontNone.None.S.A., but legislators must pay the premiums while other state employees do not.None.None.None.
51VirginiaLeaders: $131,250/year staffing allowance and $1,750/month office expense allowance. Legislators: $60,672/year staffing allowance and $1,250/month office expense allowance.S.A., S.P.P.S.A.S.A., O.P.None.S.A., S.P. The state pays for basic group life insurance. Optional life insurance (up to 4x salary) available at legislator's expense.
53Washington$15,600/biennium for reimbursable office expenses. No staffing allowance.S.A.S.A.S.A., included in health coverage.S.A., S.P.P.S.A., S.P.P.
54West VirginiaNone.O.P.O.P.O.P.None.S.A., O.P.
55WisconsinSenators receive $232,530/biennium staffing allowance and $55,955/biennium for office expenses. Representatives receive $20,000 per biennium session office expenses.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.S.A.
56Wyoming$750/quarter through constituent service allowance. No staffing allowance.None.None.None.None.None.

Source:

National Conference of State Legislatures, 2021.

Key:

O.P. — Optional at legislator’s expense.
S.A. — Same as state employees.
S.P. — State pays full amount.
S.P.P. — State pays portion and legislator pays portion.