A senator's chief of staff, on average, earns six figures, while a deputy chief of staff has more Hill experience -- on average, more than a dozen years. Here are the average salaries and tenures of Senate staff members, according to the Congressional Management Foundation.

Percent

change Years in

Average salary/'97-'99 Job/office/Congress

Washington

Chief of staff $116,573/5.8 4.1/6.2/9.4

Legislative director 91,438/10.0 3.0/5.2/11.0

Deputy chief of staff 87,997/21.3 3.3/7.0/12.3

Communications director 65,362/9.2 2.2/2.7/4.9

Legislative counsel 60,610/-1.4 2.1/2.6/3.5

Office manager 57,330/16.1 3.3/5.2/11.9

Personal assistant 50,048/6.1 4.7/5.6/8.1

Legislative assistant 48,276/3.3 2.2/3.0/4.4

Scheduler 44,273/7.4 3.0/4.1/6.1

Project manager 44,148/-1.5 3.4/5.6/6.7

Constituent services rep. 41,428/17.6 3.6/4.1/9.5

Systems administrator 39,612/10.6 3.2/4.7/9.9

Correspondence manager 36,274/11.4 3.0/3.9/9.0

Asst. to the chief of staff 31,750/6.4 2.4/3.0/4.7

Dep. communications director 31,547/3.7 1.1/1.6/2.3

Computer operator 29,178/8.3 5.8/5.8/11.0

Research assistant 28,556/16.2 1.5/2.0/2.3

Legislative correspondent 25,226/4.2 1.0/1.4/1.6

Correspondence assistant 23,196/4.0 0.9/1.6/3.3

Staff assistant 22,504/0.6 1.0/1.1/1.3

Averages $45,223/6.8 2.9/3.1/5.1

State

State director $73,872/7.0 3.9/6.0/8.1

Regional manager 40,504/3.9 3.8/5.0/6.6

Office manager 37,506/14.4 5.4/7.9/9.0

Scheduler 34,205/-1.7 3.4/3.9/4.9

Constituent services rep. 29,980/-0.6 3.6/4.1/5.5

Staff assistant 24,454/3.0 3.9/4.1/4.2

Averages $36,154/5.5 3.7/4.6/5.9