Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.3% (slower than the average)


What Legislators Do

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

Other Job Titles Legislators May Have

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Governor ,

State of Hawaii

As governor, I am a public servant. My daily goal is to ensure that the government is responsive to the needs of citizens and solving problems that they face.

Licensed M.D. / State Senator ,

State of Colorado

I write and draft legislation that mainly focuses around health care reform. I spend a lot of time networking and making connections to help pass the bills.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze and understand the local and national implications of proposed legislation.
  • Appoint nominees to leadership posts, or approve such appointments.
  • Confer with colleagues to formulate positions and strategies pertaining to pending issues.
  • Debate the merits of proposals and bill amendments during floor sessions, following the appropriate rules of procedure.
  • Develop expertise in subject matters related to committee assignments.

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