North Carolina legislators' salaries are far below their counterparts.
State lawmakers here have a base salary of $13,951 per year. Only Nebraska ($12,000), South Carolina ($10,400) and Texas ($7,200) give less, while Alabama and Kentucky do not have an annual salary.
The median is $24,012, the amount Alaska pays. The highest is $48,708 in Hawaii.
The NCSL divides legislatures into three categories based on the time they spend on the job, their staff size and their pay.
North Carolina falls into the middle category, where legislators spend more than two-thirds of their time on political work and have a medium-sized staff, but do not make enough to be full-time politicians.
California's full-time legislators are the highest-paid, with $116,208 as a base salary. South Dakota legislators have the lowest pay, at $12,000 over a two-year term, although 11 other states pay only by the day or week.