What Is a Lobbyist's Salary in Washington, D.C.?


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In Washington, D.C., the average salary for lobbyists was $62,000 in 2012. However, the figure varies a great deal, depending upon how much of a connection lobbyists have to Capitol Hill.

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A lobbyist's value lies in his or her ability to access representatives and senators. An individual who has a great deal of experience in Congress collects a high salary as a lobbyist. Many members of Congress become lobbyists when they leave government work. A former House representative earns at least $700,000 per year in the new position. This is a significant increase from the average annual salary of Congressional members: $174,000. Senators who switch to lobbying typically start at $1 million.

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