The law directs us to base salaries on realistic standards in order to pay the elected officials according to the duties of their office and to attract citizens of the highest quality to public service.
In setting the salaries of the elected officials, we may:
The Washington State Constitution expressly prohibits us from decreasing the state's elected officials' salaries during their current term of office. Our function is to set salaries. We have no authority or jurisdiction over any benefits the elected officials receive.