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Salaries of the President and His Cabinet

The President of the United States has the most demanding job in the world. How much does he earn in salary? $400,000 per year.

While this amount pales in comparison to chief executives of major companies, the President serves the public and so does his cabinet. No one in the federal government is allowed to earn more in salary than the President.

Despite the lesser pay, jobs in politics offer prestige and stature that can't be matched anywhere else. Cabinet members who leave their jobs can enjoy lucrative opportunities in the private world from eager companies looking to hire them for their name and contacts.

Below are the salaries for the President, top federal judges and cabinet members for 2014.

Click here to see salaries for White House staff.

 Position

Salary
 Executive Branch  
President of the United States

$400,000

 Executive Schedule
 Level 1: Cabinet-level officials

$196,700

 Level II: Deputy secretaries of departments, secretaries of military departments, & heads of major agencies

 $177,000

 Level III: Under secretaries of departments & heads of middlelevel agencies

$162,900

 Level IV: Assistant secretaries & general counsels of departments, heads of minor agencies, members of certain boards & commissions

$153,200

 Level V: Administrators, commissioners, directors, & members of boards, commissions, or units of agencies

 $143,500

Legislative Branch  
Vice President of the United States (President of the Senate)

$230,700

Speaker of the House of Representatives

$223,500

President Pro Tempore of the Senate

$193,400

Majority and Minority Leaders - House and Senate

 $193,400

Senators, Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, and Delegates

$174,000

Comptroller General of the United States 

$168,000

Deputy Comptroller General

$154,600

Librarian of Congress

$168,000

Judicial Branch   
 Chief Justice of the United States 

$255,500

 Associate Justices of the Supreme Court

$244,400

 Judges, U.S. Courts of Appeal

$211,200

 Judges, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

$211,200

 Judges, U.S. District Courts

$199,100

 Judges, United States Claims Court

$199,100

 Judges, Court of International Trade

$199,100

 Judges, Tax Court of the United States

$199,100

 Bankruptcy Judges

$183,172

 Magistrate Judges

$183,172

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