A lobbyist is a public relations specialist who solicits and educates legislators on behalf of an organization or advocacy program. The goal of a lobbyist is to change or create new legislation for an organization’s special interests. In May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated salaries for lobbyists who work for oil companies under the broad occupational title of public relations specialists.
Most employers require at least a bachelor’s degree for this occupation, but prefer a juris doctor or master’s degree in business administration. Along with education, oil companies prefer lobbyists with extensive experience in government relations or regulatory affairs related to the oil drilling industry. Among 150 lobbyists employed in the oil and gas extraction industry, the average salary was $78,460 per year in 2010.
The salary varies based on the lobbyist’s responsibilities, size of the employer and location of the job. Salaries ranged from $33,670 to $136,960 per year in this industry, which includes the bureau’s 10th through 90th percentiles. The 50th percentile earned $70,750 per year. The 25th percentile earned $42,880 per year and the 75th percentile earned $109,720 per year.
The bureau reported some of these professionals earn hourly wages in this industry. This may include those who work part-time. The average hourly wage was $37.72 per hour. Hourly wages ranged from $16.19 to $65.85 per year, including the 10th through 90th percentiles. The 50th percentile earned $34.02 per hour. The 25th percentile earned $20.62 per hour and the 75 percentile earned $52.75 per hour.
About 14 percent growth is expected through 2018 for all jobs related to public relations -- which includes lobbyists -- according to the Bureau. The need for these professionals will grow because of the use of technology, social media and an increasingly competitive global market. Lobbyists and related occupations in all industries earned an average salary of $59,150 per year. The average salary of those employed by oil companies was 27.4 percent higher than all industries combined.