Lobbyists were paid an estimated $32 million for their legislative work during this year's third quarter, a sizable increase from the same period in 2016, according to a state report posted online Thursday.

Lobbying firms faced a Tuesday deadline for filing compensation information with the state. The numbers are estimates because firms in most cases report their compensation in ranges rather than in exact dollar amounts.

But a state report that aggregated the data gave an overall estimate of $32 million paid to legislative lobbyists from July 1 through Sept. 30. That was up from an estimated $29.7 million during the same period in 2016 and $30.8 million in 2015, according to state reports.