Market Watch has this item on how state lawmakers’ salaries compare. Excerpt:

Some states pay local lawmakers less than $10,000 a year

In New Mexico, state legislators make zero dollars in annual salary.

The state is the only one in the nation that doesn’t pay state lawmakers an income, providing only a daily $159 per diem when the legislature is in session.

But don’t assume that other legislators are doing much better. This map, compiled by Pew’s Jake Grovum using 2014 data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, shows what the job pays.

Twelve U.S. states pay base salaries of $10,000 or less. Nine states pay lawmakers over $50,000. Most states do provide a daily per diem and mileage costs, but this is limited to the time lawmakers are in session. Many state legislatures are part-time, meeting sometimes only a few weeks out of the year. …

state lawmakers salaries map


Hawaii lawmakers are ranked No. 8 in terms of the largest salaries.

The base salary, according to Pew, is $57,852. The session per diem for neighbor island legislators is $175; it’s $10 per day for Oahu lawmakers.

Of course, one should take into consideration Hawaii’s high cost of living.

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