Running the Legislature

Rank
State
Total (in millions)
Per Capita
Rank Per Capita
Year Round
1. New York $178.1 $9.80 5 Yes
2. California $176.2 $5.61 31 Yes
3. Pennsylvania $142.8 $11.85 4 Yes
4. Florida $112.1 $8.04 15 No
5. Michigan $86.7 $9.13 9 Yes
6. Texas $71.0 $3.86 44 No
7. Illinois $59.8 $5.09 33 Yes
8. New Jersey $46.7 $5.91 27 Yes
9. Washington $43.2 $8.09 14 No
10. Wisconsin $43.0 $8.47 13 Yes
11. Massachusetts $42.4 $7.01 19 Yes
12. Minnesota $40.9 $8.96 11 No

New England

15. Connecticut $29.6 $9.04 10 No
33. Rhode Island $13.9 $13.99 3 No
39. Maine $11.7 $9.43 7 No
42. New Hampshire $8.8 $7.75 16 No
46. Vermont $5.7 $9.75 6 No

Source: National Conference of State Legislators, U.S. Census Bureau; 1994 Figures

Ten Highest Paying Legislatures (As of March 1995)
Rank
State
Salary
1. California
$72,000
2. New York
$57,500
3. Michigan
$49, 155
4. Pennsylvania
$47,000
5. Massachusetts
$46,410
6. Ohio
$42,427
7. Illinois
$42,265
8. Wisconsin
$38,056
9. New Jersey
$35,000
10. Hawaii, Oklahoma (tie)
$32,000
 

Number of Bills Introduced and Enacted in the Highest Paying Legislatures, 1993
State
Bills Introduced
Bills Enacted
New York
14,596
720
Massachusetts
7,667
498
Hawaii
4,086
365
Pennsylvania
3,816
131
Illinois
3,694
527
California
3,664
1,307
Michigan
2,232
362
New Jersey
3,532
215
Wisconsin
1,584
121
Oklahoma
1,416
366
Ohio
841
78

Source for both charts: The Council of State Governments, Book of the States, 1996.