SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that California legislators make over $90,000 a year, which is $6,000 more than Pennsylvania lawmakers who rate as the second highest paid in the nation.
The median average is close to $20,000 with legislators in New Mexico ranking as being paid the least and receiving no base pay, but collecting $159 per day in per-diem compensation.
California’s Compensation Commission had been considering giving state lawmakers a raise later this year, but how do they justify these high pay rates?
They look at a combination of things including the workload of the lawmakers compared to other states. They even take what county office holders are paid into consideration.
Your average county supervisor makes a pretty decent amount— more in some cases than what the state lawmakers make, which is why some state legislators go back to the county level just to get a pay raise.