Yearly Base Salary For an Indiana State Legislator


Members of the Indiana Legislature receive an annual base salary defined in the Indiana Code, the state's laws. The salary is based on a formula that takes into account judicial salaries, which are periodically adjusted for inflation. In any year in which the Legislature decides not to give state workers a cost-of-living increase, their own pay doesn't rise either.

Base Salary

As of 2010, the yearly base salary for a member of the Indiana Legislature was $22,616.46, according to a review of lawmaker compensation by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The salary was the same for members of the state Senate and the state House of Representatives. Indiana state law says the salary is the only compensation lawmakers should receive for their service. A legislator is expected to put in more than 600 hours of work a year, the law says.

How It's Calculated

Prior to 2009, legislators' salaries were defined in state law in specific dollar amounts; the pay in 2008, for example, was $11,600. In 2009, the state began using a formula that tied their pay to that of state judges. Under Title 2, Article 3 of the Indiana Code, lawmakers are entitled to a salary equal to 18 percent of the salary received by full-time judges in the state's circuit, superior, municipal, county and probate courts. Under state law, that salary was $110,500 in 2006 and adjusts each year for inflation unless the Legislature votes not to raise state salaries. The judicial salary used to compute lawmakers' 2010 pay was $125,647 -- and 18 percent of that was $22,616.46.


According to Indiana state law, legislators are paid twice a year. They get half their salary on January 15 and the other half on February 15.

Expense Money

In addition to their salary, members of the Indiana Legislature receive per diem money to help cover their expenses, such as the costs of traveling to the state capital, Indianapolis, for legislative sessions, as well as food and lodging while there. As of 2010, each Indiana legislator received $138 per day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They also received a mileage reimbursement for use of their personal vehicles. These payments don't count as salary.

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