Political Science Salaries in District of Columbia

Salaries for politicians in the District of Columbia (also known as Washington D.C.) are different than any other area in the United States for the simple fact that Washington D.C. is not a separate state. It is a federal district housing our federal government with elected officials operating the district at a city level. Salaries for politicians in Washington DC, therefore, include federal politicians, the President and Vice President, as well as salaries for Washington D.C. elected city officials.

Other political science careers are available throughout the district just as they are in other parts of the country. Some are very limited due to the size of the district, while others, such as attorneys, are quite abundant relative to the size and population. Below are some examples of salaries for careers in political science including politicians.

Political Science Major Salary By Career in DC

Political Science Major Careers DC
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lawyers
30690
98510
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
5490
43750
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
1210
52050
Political Scientists/Consultant
1340
56770
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
3500
68560
Urban and Regional Planners
200
55850

*Salary and employment data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

District of Columbia Politician Salaries

Office Salary
President $400,000 /year
Vice President $230,700 /year
United States Senator (Shadow Senator) N/A**
United States Representative (Shadow Representative) N/A**
Ward Members of the DC Council $130,538
Mayor of the District of Columbia $200,000

*Salary data compiled by the Sunshine Review, 2009

**The District of Columbia Senators and Representative are not paid from the D.C. budget. They may, however, raise funds from private sources to cover their expenses according to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (dcboee.com).

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