Salaries of members of the United States Congress

Summary

This chart shows historical information on the salaries that members of the United States Congress have been paid.[1] The Government Ethics Reform Act of 1989 provides for an automatic increase in salary each year as a cost of living adjustment that reflects the employment cost index.[2] Since 2010 Congress has annually voted not to accept the increase, keeping it at the same nominal amount since 2009. The Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1992, prohibits any law affecting compensation from taking effect until after the next election.

For all members of the House of Representatives and SenateEdit

Year Salary Per diem/annum Percent adjustment In 2020 dollars
1789 $6 per diem $130
1795 $6 per diem only Representatives $91
1795 $7 per diem only Senators $107
1796 $6 per diem $87
1815 $1,500 per annum $21,210
1817 $6 per diem only Representatives $97
1817 $7 per diem only Senators $113
1818 $8 per diem $135
1855 $3,000 per annum $83,325
1865 $5,000 per annum $84,533
1871 $7,500 per annum $162,021
1874 $5,000 per annum $114,368
1907 $7,500 per annum $208,313
1925 $10,000 per annum $147,571
1932 $9,000 per annum $170,715
1933 $8,500 per annum $169,934
1934 (2/1) $9,000 per annum $174,112
1934 (7/1) $9,500 per annum $183,785
1935 $10,000 per annum $188,762
1947 $12,500 per annum $144,877
1955 $22,500 per annum $217,370
1965 $30,000 per annum $246,367
1969 $42,500 per annum $299,930
1975 $44,600 per annum $214,505
1977 $57,500 per annum $245,567
1979 $60,662.50 per annum $216,310
1982 $69,800 per annum only Representatives $187,184
1983 $69,800 per annum only Senators $181,368
1984 $72,600 per annum $180,849
1985 $75,100 per annum $180,709
1987 (1/1) $77,400 per annum $176,315
1987 (2/4) $89,500 per annum $203,879
1990 (2/1) $96,600 per annum only Representatives $191,355
1990 (2/1) $98,400 per annum only Senators $194,920
1991 (1/1) $125,100 per annum only Representatives $237,699
1991 (1/1) $101,900 per annum only Senators $193,617
1991 (8/14) $125,100 per annum only Senators $237,699
1992 $129,500 per annum 3.5% $238,824
1993 $133,600 per annum 3.2% $239,347
1998 $136,700 per annum 2.3% $217,051
2000 $141,300 per annum 3.4% $212,346
2001 $145,100 per annum 2.7% $212,073
2002 $150,000 per annum 3.4% $215,828
2003 $154,700 per annum 3.1% $217,638
2004 $158,100 per annum 2.2% $216,622
2005 $162,100 per annum 2.5% $214,798
2006 $165,200 per annum 1.9% $212,077
2008 $169,300 per annum 2.5% $203,500
2009 $174,000 per annum 2.8% $209,896
2020 $174,000 per annum 0 $174,000
2022 (present) $174,000 per annum 0
 
Salaries, shown for US Senators and US Representatives. Also shown: salaries adjusted to 2014 US Dollars.

Leadership and other positionsEdit

Additional pay schedule for the Senate and House positions:

SCHEDULE 6—VICE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, per Executive order 13970, effective for 2021. [3]

Position Salary
Vice President $255,800
Senators and House Representatives $174,000
Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico $174,000
President pro tempore of the Senate $193,400
Majority leader and minority leader of the Senate $193,400
Majority leader and minority leader of the House of Representatives $193,400
Speaker of the House of Representatives $223,500

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brudnick, Ida A. (April 11, 2018). Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables (PDF). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Do Members of Congress get Automatic Pay Hikes (COLAs)?". National Taxpayers Union. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  3. ^ Executive Order 13970 of December 31, 2020, Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay. Executive Order for 2021 Pay Schedules

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