36 Compensation

Learning Objectives

At the end of this section you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the salary received by Texas State Legislators
  • Understand the retirement available to Texas State Legislators


State legislators in Texas make $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for every day the Legislature is in session (also including any special sessions). That adds up to $33,800 a year for a regular session (140 days), with the total pay for a two-year term being $41,000.

Retirment options

Legislators receive a pension after eight years of service, starting at age 60.


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