Author:
Annette Howard
Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Reading
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Tags:
  • Benefits
  • Legislator
  • Retirement
  • Salary
  • Texas
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML

    Chapter 7.5: Compensation

    Chapter 7.5:  Compensation

    Overview

    This section discusses the compensation (salary and retirement) for Texas State legislators.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this section, students will be able to:

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

    By the end of this section, you will be able to:

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

    Salary

    Salary

    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.

    Retirement

    Retirement

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

    Reading Review Questions

    1. How much do Texas legislators get paid per day (including both salary and per diem)? How much does that come out to per year? Per Term?

    2. How many years does a person have to serve in the Texas Legislature to geta pension? At what age may they collect?