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[IWS] CRS: STAFF PAY LEVELS FOR SELECTED POSITIONS IN HOUSE MEMBER OFFICES, 2009-2013 [3 November 2014]

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Congressional Research Service (CRS)

 

Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013

R. Eric Petersen, Specialist in American National Government

Lara E. Chausow, Research Assistant

Amber Hope Wilhelm, Visual Information Specialist

November 3, 2014

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43775.pdf

[full-text, 21 pages]

 

Summary

This report provides pay data for 13 staff position titles that are typically deployed in the offices

of Members of the House. The positions include the following: Caseworker; Chief of Staff;

Counsel; District Director; Executive Assistant; Field Representative; Legislative Assistant;

Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Director; Office Manager; Press Secretary; Scheduler; and

Staff Assistant. House Member staff pay data for the years 2009-2013 were developed based on a

random sampling of staff for each position in each year.

 

Data tables provide tabular pay data for each staff position. A graphic for each position is also

included. The graphics display representations of pay from three perspectives:

 

• change in pay, 2009-2013, in nominal (current) and constant, 2014 dollars;

• a comparison of the cumulative percentage change for that position to changes in

pay, in constant dollars, for Members of Congress and federal civilian workers

paid under the General Schedule in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas in

northern Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania (DC), and Rest of

the U.S. (RUS) from 2009-2013; and

• distributions of 2013 pay in 2014 dollars, in $10,000 increments.

 

Between 2009 and 2013, the median change in pay, in constant, 2014 dollars, for House Member

office staff ranged from 3.25% for caseworkers, to -20.51% for counsels. The pay for staff in the

12 positions other than caseworkers declined over the five-year period. This may be compared to

changes over the same period to pay for Members of Congress, -7.91%; General Schedule, DC, -

5.67%; and General Schedule, RUS, -6.28%.

 

Pay data for staff working in Senator’s offices are available in CRS Report R43774, Staff Pay

Levels for Selected Positions in Senators’ Offices, FY2009-FY2013, by R. Eric Petersen, Lara E.

Chausow, and Amber Hope Wilhelm.

 

Contents

Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 1

Data Concerns .................................................................................................................................. 3

Data Tables and Visualizations ........................................................................................................ 3

Tables

Table 1. Caseworker ........................................................................................................................ 5

Table 2. Chief of Staff ...................................................................................................................... 6

Table 3. Counsel .............................................................................................................................. 7

Table 4. District Director ................................................................................................................. 8

Table 5. Executive Assistant ............................................................................................................ 9

Table 6. Field Representative ......................................................................................................... 10

Table 7. Legislative Assistant ........................................................................................................ 11

Table 8. Legislative Correspondent ............................................................................................... 12

Table 9. Legislative Director ......................................................................................................... 13

Table 10. Office Manager .............................................................................................................. 14

Table 11. Press Secretary ............................................................................................................... 15

Table 12. Scheduler ........................................................................................................................ 16

Table 13. Staff Assistant ................................................................................................................ 17

 

Contacts

Author Contact Information........................................................................................................... 18

Acknowledgments ......................................................................................................................... 18

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