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Staff Employment Studies

Overview

For more than 20 years, one of the key services CMF has provided to Senate and House offices are compensation, hiring and benefit studies. These reports collect data about House and Senate personal office staff, including a range of compensation data, a demographic breakout for all positions common to personal offices, office benefits and personnel practices.

These reports are used extensively by Chiefs of Staff and Members to assist them in hiring staff, determining compensation levels for their staff, and deciding office benefits and personnel practices. The report is also used extensively by a large number of House and Senate staff to assist them in negotiating salaries.

In response to repeated requests from Senate and House Chiefs of Staff, CMF began conducting these studies in the mid-1980s, publishing them in our management guidebook Setting Course. In 1990, CMF significantly expanded their scope and, for the next decade, adopted a regular production schedule for the studies. CMF published a House report every even year from 1990 – 2004 (the 2002 and 2004 editions were produced under contract with the Chief Administrative Officer); in every odd year from 1991 – 2001, CMF conducted and published a study for the Senate.


Most Recent CMF Studies

2004 House Staff Employment Study
A study of House personal office staff and the factors influencing their pay. Also includes aggregate data on the salary, age, education, work experience, race, and gender of staff.
Previously available to House staff via HouseNet (House offices only).

2001 Senate Staff Employment Study
A study of Senate personal office staff and the factors influencing their pay. Also includes aggregate data on the salary, age, education, work experience, race, and gender of staff.
Please contact us for purchase information.

Senate Salary, Tenure, and Demographic Data: 1991-2001
This report is a compilation of six Senate Staff Employment Studies from 1991-2001. It includes aggregate data on the salary, age, education, work experience, race, and gender of staff.


Note: The House and Senate have commissioned additional studies in recent years. CMF did not conduct these studies so the respective House and Senate institutional offices must be contacted for this information. The most recent Senate report was conducted in 2006 and is available from the Secretary of the Senate. The most recent House report was conducted in 2010 and is available via HouseNet (the House intranet, accessible to House offices only).

 
 

Purchasing CMF Publications

Please contact us through our Web form or via telephone at 202-546-0100.

Congressional offices will receive an invoice via email and with their order. District/state offices will incur shipping fees, unless copies are hand-delivered to DC office.

Non-congressional offices must pay in advance before publications will be shipped. Please contact a CMF staff member to discuss total charges for non-congressional orders. CMF currently accepts payments by cash (in person only), check, or money order for non-congressional orders. We apologize that payments via credit or debit cards cannot be accepted.

 

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Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

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