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How much does the U.S. president get paid?

        Money | Money & Politics

Salaries of Federal Employees
U.S. President George W. Bush (from left) and former presidents Bill Clinton,
U.S. President George W. Bush (from left) and former presidents Bill Clinton,
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Here's a list of some federal employees and their current salaries as reported in January 2005:

Executive Branch

  • President: $400,000; $50,000 expense account; $100,000 nontaxable for travel; $19,000 official entertainment account; free housing
  • Retired president: $150,000 pension; plus $150,000 to maintain staff
  • Former first lady: $20,000
  • Vice president: $208,100; $10,000 expense account; free housing
  • Presidential Cabinet member (i.e. secretary of defense, attorney general, etc.): $157,000

Legislative Branch

  • Speaker of the House of Representatives: $208,100
  • Senate president pro tempore: $180,100
  • Senate and House majority and minority leaders: $180,100
  • Other senators and representatives: $162,100

Judicial Branch

  • Supreme Court chief justice: $208,100
  • Supreme Court associate justices: $199,200
  • Circuit judges: $171,800
  • District judges: $162,100