COLUMBUS, Ohio — Legislative aides for Ohio House members are getting a salary increase of $3,500, or 10%, House Speaker Larry Householder has announced.
The base salary of a House aide is rising from $35,000 to $38,500, and all current House legislative aides will get a matching increase. Householder also is working on raises for administrative aides, pages, constituent aides and other administrative positions.
“Since I was elected speaker, I have made administrative changes to staffing levels and created staffing efficiencies that make this pay increase possible,” Householder said. “I want to reinvest those savings in the House’s most important asset, which is people.”
Raises will be retroactive to Jan. 7.
The base salary of Senate legislative aides was increased at the start of 2019 from $35,000 to $37,000, and senior legislative aides also saw a $2,000 increase to $40,000.
Top legislative staffers, including chiefs of staff, legal counsel, senior advisers and communications directors, earn in excess of $100,000.
Meanwhile, Householder and House Democrats have worked out the process for hiring a new human resources director — an attempt to make the position more professional and less political in the wake of harassment issues that arose in the legislature over the past few years.
Qualifications for the position include six years of management and four years of public sector human resources experience. The job posting is available on several career sites, including State of Ohio Careers, Ohio Means Jobs, Monster, Indeed and LinkedIn.