10 Most Expensive Presidential Perks



The job of president comes with two things you can't put a price on: power and influence. However, it's still a salaried position. After perusing through some of these other perks, you might be wondering how much of a salary the president gets.

In 2001, after 30 years without an increase, Congress raised the presidential salary from $200,000 to $400,000. But that isn't all. The president also gets a cool $100,000 for travel expenses. In addition, there's $19,000 allotted for official entertaining. Although the salary is taxable, these other benefits aren't. Plus, the White House is also paid for [source: The History Channel].

Interestingly, many presidents actually take a pay cut when they're inaugurated. Compared to successful executives in the corporate world, the commander in chief doesn't make all that much. Still, the salary is nothing to sneeze at, and it's an attractive perk for most of us. And that's not all: After the president leaves office, there are other retirement perks to look forward to -- including a pension.