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Career profile Legislator


Interests Profile
  • Enterprising
  • Social
  • Investigative
Pay Range
$18,120 - $105,100 (annual)
Required Skills
  • N/A
Knowledge Areas
  • N/A
Core tasks
  • N/A
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What does a Legislator do?

Legislators develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level.

In addition, Legislators includes only workers in elected positions.

What is a Legislator salary?

The median salary for a Legislator is $33,200, and the average salary is $53,560. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Legislator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Legislators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Legislators earn less than $18,120 per year, 25% earn less than $19,790, 75% earn less than $83,780, and 90% earn less than $105,100.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Legislators is expected to change by 7.5%, and there should be roughly 4,300 open positions for Legislators every year.

Median annual salary
Typical salary range
$18,120 - $105,100
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)

What personality traits are common among Legislators?


Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Legislator are usually higher in their Enterprising and Social interests.

Legislators typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Also, Legislators typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.


People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Legislator tend to value Relationships, Achievement, and Recognition.

Most importantly, Legislators strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Second, Legislators strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

Lastly, Legislators strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

Data on the specific demands for Legislators is not yet complete. Please check back later.

What education and training do Legislators need?

Many Legislators will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Legislators usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Educational degrees among Legislators

  • 1.5% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 8.3% completed high school or secondary school
  • 14.2% completed some college coursework
  • 5.1% earned a Associate's degree
  • 40.5% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 23.7% earned a Master's degree
  • 6.7% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Legislators

Through education, training, or experience, most Legislators will need to be proficient in mutliple areas to perform their job well.

Data on the specific knowledge and expertise required for Legislators is not yet complete. Please check back later.

Important Abilities needed by Legislators

Legislators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

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Critical Skills needed by Legislators

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

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What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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