Nancy Pelosi raises maximum House staff salary from $ 173,900 to $ 199,300, allowing senior assistants to earn more than lawmakers
- House Speaker Pelosi announced on Thursday that senior executives on Capitol Hill can now earn nearly $ 200,000 a year, more than your average lawmaker.
- It’s an effort to keep top contributors from going to K Street, where lobbying firms can pay them much more
- The salary cap for assistants will drop from $ 173,900 to $ 199,300
- The average House member earns $ 174,000, so their best employees are always paid just below what their bosses brought in.
- “This order will help Congress recruit and retain the exceptional and diverse talent we need,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers Thursday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that senior executives on Capitol Hill can now earn nearly $ 200,000 a year – more than your average lawmaker – in a bid to keep key contributors out of K Street.
The salary cap for assistants will drop from $ 173,900 to $ 199,300.
The average House member earns $ 174,000, so their best employees always earn slightly less than their bosses.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she is decoupling the compensation of lawmakers and staff, allowing key contributors to earn up to $ 199,300, instead of the $ 173,900 they were previously allowed to. bring back home
Pelosi said she dissociated the salaries of staff members.
“This ordinance will help Congress recruit and retain the exceptional and diverse talent we need, as it also helps ensure parity between House of Representatives employees and other federal government employees,” Pelosi said in a letter to members.
Pelosi said she was advised to increase the salary by the chair of the House Administration Committee, Representative Zoe Lofgren, a fellow Democrat from California.
While the move has an impact on top-paid staff, allowing them a pay rise – and possibly preventing lobby stores from picking them up – Democrats have also pushed for Congressional staff to be paid. more in all areas.
Members can decide what to pay each member of their staff, dividing what is known as the Membership Representation Allowance between staff compensation, office rent and other needs to manage. an office of Congress.
Staff salaries at Capitol Hill are noticeably low, with entry-level staff often needing to land a second job. Key contributors will now be able to do more than lawmakers, allowing the Hill to compete with K Street lobby stores
In June, more than 100 lawmakers, led by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, argued in a letter to Representative Rosa DeLauro, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, that there should be a 21% increase in representation allowance for members. , which would allow lawmakers to give more money to their staff.
Staff pay at Capitol Hill is noticeably low, while the cost of living in Washington, DC has steadily increased.
“For years, compensation and benefits for staff in member offices, executive boards and committees have fallen further and further behind what is offered in the private sector,” the letter said. “At the same time, the cost of living here in our nation’s capital has increased dramatically, putting opportunities such as home ownership, rental housing and childcare beyond the reach of many.”
The AOC letter warned that “the low wages available to entry-level staff continue to raise barriers to entry and benefit those who are already wealthy and connected.”
In the past, she has spoken of meeting bartenders and waiters in Washington who work in the service industry because their salary on Capitol Hill is not enough to live in expensive DC.
“This week I went to a dive site in Washington to eat late at night. I chatted with the staff. SEVERAL bartenders, managers and waiters * were currently working in the Senate and House offices. *, ” she tweeted in December 2018. ‘It’s a shame. The ALL Venues convention should increase MRAs so that we can pay staff a real living wage in DC.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading an effort to ensure that all staff are better paid. In December 2018, she recalled meeting bartenders, managers and waiters at a DC dive bar who worked there in addition to Capitol Hill because the wages were so low.