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Salaries of Top US Politicians

Updated on August 18, 2012

Government Leaders Income

All of us have to make ends meet. Even our political leaders. If you have ever wondered just how much our national and state leaders make, you've come to the right place. Think of it. At the end of each month, when they tear open their pay envelope (or look at their direct deposit), how much does President Obama make? How about Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? Look at it a different way. Government officials work for you. You, each of us, are their employers. Take a list at the list below to find out if you're overpaying them! Does your governor deserve a raise or a pay cut?

I have put together a list of the current salaries of the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and others, as well as the current salaries of each of the 50 governors. Read on to learn just how much jingle is in the pocket of your favorite government executive:

Salaries of Top Politicians in the US

United States Annual Base Salary

1. President Barack Obama $400,000

2. Vice President Joe Biden $296,680

3. Speaker John Boehner $223,500

4. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $193,400

5. Senate Minority Leader Eric Cantor $193,400

6. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi $193,400


1. Alaska (Sean Parnell) $125,000

2. Alabama (Bob Riley) $112,895

3. Arizona (Jan Brewer) $95,000

4. Arkansas (Mike Beebe, ) $87,352

5. California (Jerry Brown) $173,987

6. Colorado(John Hickenlooper) $90,000

7. Connecticut(Dannel Malloy) $150,000

8. Delaware (Jack Markell) $171,000

9. Florida (Rick Scott) $130,273

10. Georgia(Nathan Deal) $139,339

11. Hawaii (Neal Abercrombie) $117,312

12. Idaho (Clement “Butch” Otter) $115,348

13. Illinois (Pat Quinn) $177,500

14. Indiana (Mitch Daniels) $95,000

15. Iowa (Terry Branstad) $130,000

16. Kansas (Sam Brownback) $110,707

17. Kentucky (Steve Beshear) $145,885

18. Louisiana (Bobby Jindal) $130,000

19. Maine (Paul LePage) $70,000

20. Maryland (Martin O’Malley) $150,000

21. Massachusetts (Deval Patrick) $140,535

22. Michigan (Rick Snyder) $177,000

23. Minnesota (Mark Dayton) $120,303

24. Mississippi (Haley Barbour) $122,160

25. Missouri (Jeremiah Nixon) $133,821

26. Montana (Brian Schweitzer) $100,121

27. Nebraska (Dave Heineman) $105,000

28. Nevada (Brian Sandoval) $141,000

29. New Hampshire (John Lynch) $113,834

30. New Jersey (Chris Cristie) $175,000

31. New Mexico (Susana Martinez) $110,000

32. New York (Andrew Cuomo) $179,000

33. N. Carolina (Beverly Perdue) $139,590

34. North Dakota(Jack Dalrymple) $105,036

35. Ohio (John Kasich) $144,269

36. Oklahoma (Mary Fallin) $147,000

37. Oregon (John Kitzhaber) $93,600

38. Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett) $174,914

39. Rhode Island (Lincoln Chafee) $117,817

40. South Carolina (Nikki Haley) $106,078

41. South Dakota(Dennis Daugaard) $115,331

42. Tennessee (Bill Haslam) $170,340

43. Texas (Rick Perry) $150,000

44. Utah (Gary Herbert) $109,900

45. Vermont (Peter Shumlin) $142,542

46. Virginia (Bob McDonnell) $166,000

47. Washington (Chris Gregoire) $166,891

48. West Virginia (Earl R. Tomblin) $150,000

49. Wisconsin (Scott Walker) $137,092

50. Wyoming (Matt Mead) $105,000

Is your government leader earning his or her pay?

Handy Facts:

The median household income in the US is $50,221 (2009), according to the US Census.

Do you think President Obama is overpaid?

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    • Kimberly Vaughn profile image

      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Very interesting hub! I had no idea what my state's governor made.

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      anemometers 6 years ago from Anemometer Installation Areas

      I guess there is no point becoming a politician in America because you will never make a decent amount of money.

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      quatrain 6 years ago


      That's outrageous. Has anything happened to the Double Dippers? You're also right about the amount of pay in DC. I read recently that DC has become the richest city in America, surpassing Silicon Valley (although by just a little bit) because of, among other things, the average Federal worker salary being $126,000. There are other factors of course, including the number of support firms (law firms, lobbying fims) based in DC. But it was eye-opening that the size of the government had grown so markedly.

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      MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

      In addition to pay these people receive unbelievable perks like Pelosi flying on a Private Air Force Jet back and forth to California at a cost to the taxpayer of $28,000 each way each flight.

      Many of these people also receive free housing, and free automobiles each year. I read a story about the Governor of Utah taking his FREE Chev Suburban on a family vacation and the Tax Payer picked up the entire bill including Gasoline. Use of the car in his private time is in his contract.

      Free ride off the Tax Payer, literally.

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      MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

      There was a story about Double Dipping (Employees retiring and receiving benefits then going back to work at the same job) that said there were about 66,000 employees able to do this nationwide.

      One such example was in California where a "retired" engineer was making $113,000 a year... not for working, but that was his pension.


      But the money being handed out to Government Employees at the top of their little bubbles is outrageous. I'm not suggesting all Government Employees are overpaid, but clearly there are massive abuses of pay in Government.

      Under the Obama Administration there are more Federal Government Employees making (Earning would be offensive to the working class) in excess of $100,000 a year.

      And I recently read another hub about the MASSIVE pay increases Obama gave to all his staff.

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      quatrain 6 years ago

      Thanks for the thumbs up, Fullerman5000! It keeps me going to get any kind of feedback from people who take the time to read my HUBs.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I really thought these politicians made more. I found this quite interesting and pretty easy to understand. Great work. voted up and interesting.

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      supplies expert 6 years ago

      Very interesting to see the list of the governors pay, I had known the salary of the president for quite some time since it has not fluctuated since either Clinton or Bush's first term as president, which was when I last looked it up. But either way, considering that most of these governors are all worth a few million dollars prior to becoming a governor, I'd have to say I don't think any one of them deserve a raise. They should take pride in this and the fact that they get paid that much should be even greatly appreciated. They are paid over four times the average person in USA makes in a year.

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      It's interesting to see the salaries of the state governors. In some regard I expected them to be much higher.

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      quatrain 6 years ago

      Thanks Teri!

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      Teri Silver 6 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Well-written and nicely organized. Interesting!