WHY WRE WE BROKE, Annual Salaries of Top US Government Officials

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  1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
    OLYHOOCHposted 7 years ago

    Just a few hints,

    Shown below are the current annual salaries for the top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001.

    Executive Branch

    President of the United States
    2011: $400,000
    2000: $200,000

    Note: The president's salary was increased from $200,000 to $400,000 in 2001. The president's current salary of $400,000 includes a $50,000 expense allowance.

    Also See: Presidential Pay, Compensation and Benefits

    Vice President of the United States
    2011: $230,700
    2000: $181,400

    Cabinet Department Secretaries
    2011: $199,700
    2001: $161,200

    Also See: About the President's Cabinet

    Legislative Branch - US Congress

    Rank-and-File Senators and Representatives
    2011: $174,000
    2000: $141,300

    Also See: The 10 Wealthiest Members of Congress

    Speaker of the House
    2011: $223,500
    2000: $181,400

    House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders
    2011: $193,400
    2000: $156,900

    Note: Last salary increase for Members of Congress came in 2009.

    Also See: Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members

    Judicial Branch

    Chief Justice of the United States
    2011: $223,500
    2000: $181,400

    Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
    2011: $213,900
    2000: $173,600

    US Courts of Appeals Judges
    2011: $184,500
    2000: $149,900

    Federal District Judges
    2011: $174,000
    2000: $141,300

    Also See: The U.S. Federal Court System

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  2. John Holden profile image61
    John Holdenposted 7 years ago

    A mere snip compared with the remuneration of CEOs.

  3. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I think 400,000 is pretty fair for running the entire USA.

    The nation is poor because the heads of corporations take out millions upon millions of dollars, which are supplemented by higher product costs for consumers.

    1. SimeyC profile image94
      SimeyCposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      President of the United States
      2011: $400,000

      Walmart CEO Michael Duke's - $35 million annual salary.

      Which job would you prefer?

      1. John Holden profile image61
        John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Gosh! I'd need time to think about that lol

        1. SimeyC profile image94
          SimeyCposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Sadly I'm not a citizen so I'd have to settle for $35 million - such is life!

          1. John Holden profile image61
            John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, me neither, shame I'd just have to make do with 35 million, oh well.

  4. Shadesbreath profile image82
    Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago

    Those salaries are low. That's probably why we can't get any really, really smart people in there, only the lackies of the guys making the real money.

    The reason the founding father's were what they were is because they WERE the smartest guys out there, or at least of that calibre. Now we get people who dream of power growing up, study it, want to go into politics.

    The last person you want in power is the person who wants to be in power.

    The price for making billions in America should be you have to serve the country for a term in Congress or as president/cabinet for free.

    1. canadawest99 profile image60
      canadawest99posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You think govt salaries are the reason the U.S. is broke?? check out the military spending at over $1 trillion per year, on top of that bank bailouts have topped 1 trillion as well.

    2. recommend1 profile image67
      recommend1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "The price for making billions in America should be you have to serve the country for a term in Congress or as president/cabinet for free."

      I thought that was already the reward big_smile

      1. Shadesbreath profile image82
        Shadesbreathposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nah, the people who actually know how to make billions don't go into politics. Not the really smart ones.

    3. Aficionada profile image85
      Aficionadaposted 7 years agoin reply to this


  5. profile image61
    logic,commonsenseposted 7 years ago

    If one runs for President based on salary, they need serious psychiatric help.

    The only reason to run for office should be the desire to serve the people of this country.  Not the lobbyists, not the PAC's, not the party kingmakers.  If that is not enough, then don't run.


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