Senators traditionally pay their staffs somewhat more on average than House members, but the latest comprehensive salary data from Legistorm makes clear that is not necessarily always the case.
Scan through the top 10 highest average staff salary offices and you find seven senators, two House members and one non-voting House member.
At the other end of the database, all 10 of the lowest-paying members are in the House.
From a partisan perspective, Senate Republican staffers are the best paid, as five of the top seven staff averages are with GOP senators. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, though, seven of the lowest-paying staff averages are in House GOP offices.
The highest average staff salary is paid by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) at $86,852, with 52 percent of the individual aides in the top quartile of congressional staff pay. Roberts was elected to the Senate in 1996 and is not seeking re-election in November.
Second on the highest-paid averages is Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) at $83,819, with 47 percent in the top quartile. Third is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at $81,277, with 50 percent in the top quartile.
Between them, Roberts, Leahy and Graham have nearly 87 years of service in the U.S. Senate. Leahy, who is 80 years old, is the eldest senator currently serving in the Senate.
The rest of the top 10 includes: Rep. Tom McLintock (R-CA) ($79,651); Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) ($78,784); Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) ($78,141); Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) ($75,792); Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) ($75,556); Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) ($75,206), and Jennifer Aydin Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) ($74,704).
Looking at the lowest-pay 10 congressmen, the number 10 slot is held by Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) ($41,107); followed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) ($40,364); Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY) ($40,332); Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) ($40,109.89); Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small ($40,109.85); Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) ($39,900); Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) ($39,608); Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) ($39,368); Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) ($38,122), and then the lowest-paying member of Congress, Rep. Garrett Graves (R-LA) ($37,814).
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