Dalzell, a leader of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, said he would be willing to consider restoring some of the previous cuts once the state's budget outlook brightens. State law bars the panel from raising pay in years of deficit.
Peak salaries for elected officials, in 2008, ranged from $212,179 for governor to $116,208 for legislators.
Key legislative aides, many of whom received a pay hike this year, routinely earn substantially higher salaries than the officeholders they serve.
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's chief of staff receives $190,000 a year, for example, while the Democratic legislative leader makes $109,584 now and will see that fall to $104,105 on Dec. 3.
Democrat Ken Cooley must quit his job as a senator's legislative director to represent Sacramento County in the Assembly. His pay will drop from $108,792 as an aide to $90,526 as a legislator.
"I knew I was taking a pay cut that's OK," said Cooley, who also must resign his $6,000-per-year job as Rancho Cordova councilman. "My wife is a church bookkeeper. We live within our means. And I believe in public service."
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, said the 5 percent cut "is not going to be easy," but "we've adjusted our income to it."
"Frankly, I think it sends the right message when we're making cuts to vital state programs," he said.
Pérez and Senate President Darrell Steinberg declined to comment on the pay cut.
Sabrina Lockhart, spokeswoman for Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, said the "commission was created to take salary-making out of the hands of legislators and she'll accept whatever decision they make."
Even with the new 5 percent cut, California lawmakers' $90,526 salary will lead the nation in base pay, followed by Pennsylvania, $82,026 and New York, $79,500, according to a 2012 survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The two East Coast states arguably rank highest in total compensation, however, because legislators there can qualify for pension and retirement medical benefits, while California lawmakers cannot.
California legislative salaries pale in comparison to judges and to many city managers, college presidents, auditors and district attorneys.