How much do Politicians make?

Politics is all we have been hearing on the news recently.  I started thinking how much do these people make?  They are public service they can’t be making that much!  Was I ever wrong.  They make some serious coin and are good at spending it as well.  Here is what our United States Politicians and Government officials make annually.

Judge of the Supreme Court:
They are paid between $208,100 and $217,400 per year.

United States House of Representatives:
Each Representative make $174,000.  The Speaker of the House makes $223,500 and $193,400 for party leaders.

United State Senators:
Each Senator makes $174,000 per year.  The party leaders earn $193,400.

Vice President of the United States:
They make $227,300.

President of the United States:
They make a annual salary of $400,000 plus $50,000 expense account.  They also get $100,000 travel account.

They are not hurting for money at all.  They make plenty more than the national average.

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31 thoughts on “How much do Politicians make?

  1. Lori May 21, 2009 / 4:46 pm

    I think I’m the most suprised by how much a House of Representative member makes. That’s a lot of money if you ask me. They’re making good money from our tax dollars and we need to make sure that we vote for the people who will best represent us.

    • bob March 30, 2013 / 1:32 pm

      And that doesn’t represent the perks for the rest of their life,not to mention money from insider trading and I mean the ability to make laws for their friends who line their pockets

      • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 6:20 am

        I think they should of took a reduction in pay when all the poor an middle class the economy went to pot that was stupid the damn people don’t deserve to keep getting there wages when the poor an middle lose a lot of money all the time an they c ant afford nothing you are all a bunch sorry basterds

  2. Rick September 8, 2009 / 8:34 pm

    The lowest paid politician in the federal government makes over three times the income of the average worker in the United States. These politicians are supposed to work for us. Does it bother anyone else that they take money from our paycheck to pay themselves three times more than the average worker????? Since when does someone make MORE than the person they are supposed to work for???!!!???

    • Rebecca June 15, 2012 / 9:00 am

      Politicians & CEO’s are nothing but “Legalized Mafia”. How can anyone in their right mind not think this is robbery……there is nothing we can do. If we would ever get someone in office that would try to do something – they would have them shot – no doubt. The only recourse is Civil War – then there is no winners in that either.

      • bob March 30, 2013 / 1:35 pm

        I agree 100%. It’s them who should be afraid of us not the other way around. viva revolution.

  3. Dianne April 20, 2010 / 8:08 pm

    In order to balance the budget why don’t the politicians take a 5 to 10% cut in their salaries?

    • bruce martin January 5, 2011 / 1:40 pm

      They have proposed that all employees of the federal government take a pay freeze for 2 years and are even proposing that there be a pay cut of 10% (mostly union workers). They have not advocated that elected officials(themselves) appointees (ie. Judges) or contractors (ie. Halliburton etc.) take any cuts. I think it is because they work so many days per year( 120 at most for “the 535”) members of Congress.

      • Mike February 25, 2011 / 3:53 am

        So true,these officials need to lead by example if they want to balance the budget. If you are asking our teachers, police and firemen take a cut in wages and pay for their insurance. How about the elected officials do the same!!!

      • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 6:38 am

        We think all the Damn politician’s we don’t need all them in office we are paying to much for help when the president can make all the decisions he needs to have more authority cause this congress is so sorry we need to get rid of them is there any way we x an get rid of the congress an senate I give the authority to the president to do what he has to to get the economy b back to normal why do we have all of the different people telling our congress an Senate what to do the rich people has no wright to pay the positions off to do what they want to them type of people we need to send them to another country or have them shot democrat or republican they don’t deserve to be in america

    • jonas May 5, 2012 / 4:04 am

      you people are so ridiculous that’s not even a lot of money, there are professions that make 10x more than politicians and by no means are they any more honest then politicians are.

      • Jallorn August 5, 2012 / 8:02 am

        The difference is that those jobs are not funded by the collective wealth of the citizens of this government. That’s not to say that some of those salaries aren’t ridiculous, just that they don’t matter nearly enough. With a runaway federal budget, a weak economy, and very little good news on the horizon, it seems like a sensible place to trim a little. It might be a drop in the bucket, but lots of drops add up, and it would at least be a good symbolic show of solidarity.

      • Sandy October 29, 2015 / 12:29 pm

        Let the politicians work for a hourly wage. Politicians salaries need to be more in line with the people they serve.

  4. Dee April 15, 2011 / 8:23 pm

    I work for the state of Alabama as a secretary/receptionist/everything else and do not make a living wage. I live an hour away and the price of gasoline and other rising expenses give me pause to think if I will be able to continue. Big businesses have been allowed to use our citizens for years. If we do not want to play their game then they will take the game somewhere else. I cannot see that our politicians on either side are doing much to help the average working citizen. How is it that they can vote their own pay raise. I have to have an annual appraisal, which is not usually a true reflection of my performance, but regardless the best that I can hope for is a 3% pay raise per year. For the past three years and probably the next three years there are no raises due to proration. I believe that we should change the rate of pay for all Congressmen and Senators. They should have appraisals just as most of us do and if they are not performing, no raise or maybe 1, 2 or 3%. This process should be repeated for each incoming Congressman or Senator until they leave office. Just for the record, I am not saying that their expenses should not be covered for the functions that they must attend on our behalf… but no trips where they spend 30 minutes doing business and a week or two on the beach. This is taking advantage of hard working people who can’t vote their own raise.

  5. Dee August 21, 2011 / 5:30 am

    It is obvious that we need to strike a balance. Pay enough to prevent the temptation of corruption, but set strict limits for a person elected or appointed to an office. No one should serve long enough to retire from office. There is no wonder that our country is in such trouble.

    • kameron February 10, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      you all sound like a bunch of little bitches

      • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 6:44 am

        Know you do you must never had to work the way you talk you are one of one of those rich dummies

  6. Katie G February 10, 2012 / 1:49 am

    I think politicians should make the average, or median wage (whichever is higher) of the people in their voting group. Maybe that would be good incentive to create jobs, and encourage fair wages. It would also discourage greedy, money hungry people from running. Maybe we would end up with people who actually care about their jobs and want to make a difference.

    • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 6:51 am

      On jobs our president has the right idea is start fixing our infurstructer take the money an give so much to each state an put the people to work then we get the tax money back in circulation an raise minimum wage to about 15.00dollars an hr.

  7. Charla March 6, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    In my opinion the way to fix the government debt is for all politicians to take a pay cut. The money they would be cut per year could go towards the debt this country owes! We are a family of 5 and make only 25,000-30,000 per year (and that’s a high estimate) and we still manage to make it. Yes, there are things we have to go without but maybe if politicians had to live like us, they would understand how hard it really is in this country!

  8. Katrin September 20, 2012 / 8:14 am

    That’s actually a lot less then I expected for any of them to make.

  9. dan look October 3, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    all you people think gov can make jobs. they can not. alls they can do is give tax breaks do not be stupit. smartin up. get real, and use some cominsence the gov does not have any. they go after big companys like the oil,lowies, home depot,etc.. all the company does is raise the price you pay. and they still make a lot of profit. Get real if you are in any gov job you should not make more then 52,000 year no matter what you do.if you can not live of that somethings wrong. they cut all kinds of stuff,but not what they make a year.

    • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 6:55 am

      Yes with our tax money an when the money comes back around the taxes we made of it is ok. And we need need not to loan the banking facilities any money the last time they took it an board it.

  10. richard e jackson January 3, 2013 / 6:51 am

    why do we the people tolerate these career parasites. they sqwander the taxes that are robbed from us by force if need b, on bullshit wars they claim are in defense of our freedom that in actuality only they can truely threaten. they need 2 b forced 2 live on a minimum wage, and allowed only 2 serve a term of office as originally defined by the founders, no more career politicians, they need 2 b held accountable 4 everything they do and have done, revolution anyone? im ready, ive had enough of their bs and so has everyone i know.

    • Pamela Morris April 17, 2013 / 2:37 pm

      Hey Richard, I think all the time abou what We The People ought to do and how we should take a stand and come together and Make these politicians do what we put them in office to do. This has gone on way to long and We The People and our families are the ones that suffer, and they could care less. I am a resident of Memphis, TN. I would work with anyone who is passionate about change for all citizens of this country.

  11. richard e jackson January 3, 2013 / 7:09 am

    its way past the time 2 take back the power they have been entrusted with, its obvious they dont represent the majority of americans, they havent for decades, and it will only get worse. when the people fear the government you have tyranny, when those in government fear the people you have liberty. only an idiot could honestly believe that they are even remotely free. wake up sheeple…..

  12. moose June 11, 2013 / 4:51 am

    The reason politicans get so much is we are the sheep in this country. We follow what ever we are told. We need to wake up and take our country back. I used to be proud of being an American now I’m not so sure. What will it take? I have worked over 50 years just got laid off not due to performance but greed.. No saftey net for me no pension or health benifits.. After four years of working as a senator or congressman they seem to get it all. I wish Thomas Jefferson was still around saying the goverment need to be overthrown every 25 years to keep it working like it should. Throw the bums out !

    • forest rogers August 3, 2014 / 7:16 am

      I agree with what you said about t making our country we need to start holding meetings the president is wright about what he says the republicans an democrats need to start doing what we telling the what to do so far t h e positions are doing what the tea party an the rich people they are paying our positions off so we need to find out who’s paying who an do something here are some of them koch brothers will take of them then all the fox people like hannity beck bushes all the republican governors like Rick Perry huckabee all you americans know who they are let’s get started all our black friends too an all our latinos we all all need to stand together all you know the government are buying up land to build detention centers for to put people in if they get out of hand so let’s get started just like they are going to do with all the kids everyone refers to the kids as aliens that’s not right we need to take care of all them

  13. Richard Whitmore April 17, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    I totally agree with all of you. Two term limits and no retirement package let them do the 401K like everyone else. Stop paying for their health bennies and let them do the Obama care like the rest of us. They do not like the Idea of raising the minimum wage so let them earn it and find out how tough it is.

  14. aba February 11, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    There is no way all the public service officials are living off of only the money they make from taxpayers. Their homes, cars and lavish lifestyles could not survive on a mere $200,000 dollars a year. I challenge people to find out just who PSO`s are really working for. Why isn’t There transparency with who exactly is funding each public offical? There should be a list of contributors on their resume before being able to run for any position. Then when people vote for someone they won’t believe what they want to hear they can ignore their campaign lies (which every single one of them tell) and know who’s agenda they will be pushing when they are in office.

  15. dirk little December 16, 2016 / 1:18 am

    I feel like the movie The Rock where the man said,” I’ll take pleasure in gutting you boy!” After finding out how much the make I feel like a stuck pig. My mother and I have a saying if a politician or lawyer is talking their lieing. Well maybe the it should be advertised how much we pay to have nothing done for us. So if the politicians can’t tell the truth. Why are they paid so much. A high priced theft will go only after the high end art, but these thefts kiss your babies and then take their lollypops all to line their own pockets. This is just sick. The national average annual salary is from 25 to 45 grand. Let them live off that, and make them pay their own bills. I mean it no cushy house on the tax payer, no free vacations, make them for their own medical and dental, and the kids with a free rides to colleges hell no. I agree, their wallets are to fat, and the people they say they are fighting for go empty!

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