Salary increases for top advocates are rising faster than those for association and nonprofit CEOs, with trade group lobbyists the highest paid. To be among the top paid, a registered staff lobbyist needs to earn more than $416,484. Just two years ago, that figure was $333,843. Ten lobbyists earned seven figures. And this year's roster of best-paid lobbyists has many new faces, with more than one-third of names new to the list.