Nebraska Senators become lobbyists without a waiting period CAPITOL VIEW We don’t pay our state senators enough. The battle to get them their current $12,000 per year was a long one, and subsequent attempts to increase that have failed. It takes a voter-approved constitutional amendment to change that. Just so you know, the average pay nationally for state senators ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!