If you're a Republican Hill staffer looking for a bigger paycheck, it may be time to consider switching parties. Democrats make up 6 of the 10 highest-paying members and, on average, pay a median salary that's $652 higher than their GOP counterparts, according to a new LegiStorm analysis of congressional salaries.
Democrats pay an average salary of $52,142, while Republicans average $51,490. These numbers include bonuses, if any. Those differences could be accounted for at least in part by the fact that Democrats tend to represent more urban areas, which are more expensive. The pay figures include district staff, so districts with high costs of living will need to pay staff more.