This table compares the Texas Legislator with other state legislatures and the U.S. Congress by legislature size, member compensation, and number of permanent staff. In column one, the Texas legislature has a total of 181 members compared with the median of 143 members across all state legislatures and 535 for Congress. Column two shows that Texas legislators are paid $7,200 annually compared with median pay of $17,400 across all fifty state legislatures and an annual wage of $158,100 for members of Congress. Finally, column three shows that the Texas Legislature has 1,745 permanent staff members compared with a median of 303 across all fifty state legislatures and 30,886 Congressional support staff.