Salaries of members of the United States Congress

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US Senate salaries
House of Representatives salaries

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 Senate[edit]

Year Salary Per diem/annum Percent adjustment In 2021 dollars
1789 $6 per diem $136
1795 $6 per diem only Representatives $96
1795 $7 per diem only Senators $112
1796 $6 per diem $91
1815 $1,500 per annum $22,208
1817 $6 per diem only Representatives $102
1817 $7 per diem only Senators $119
1818 $8 per diem $142
1855 $3,000 per annum $87,246
1865 $5,000 per annum $88,511
1871 $7,500 per annum $169,646
1874 $5,000 per annum $119,750
1907 $7,500 per annum $218,116
1925 $10,000 per annum $154,516
1932 $9,000 per annum $178,749
1933 $8,500 per annum $177,932
1934 (2/1) $9,000 per annum $182,306
1934 (7/1) $9,500 per annum $192,434
1935 $10,000 per annum $197,646
1947 $12,500 per annum $151,695
1955 $22,500 per annum $227,599
1965 $30,000 per annum $257,962
1969 $42,500 per annum $314,045
1975 $44,600 per annum $224,600
1977 $57,500 per annum $257,124
1979 $60,662.50 per annum $226,490
1982 $69,800 per annum only Representatives $195,994
1983 $69,800 per annum only Senators $189,904
1984 $72,600 per annum $189,360
1985 $75,100 per annum $189,214
1987 (1/1) $77,400 per annum $184,613
1987 (2/4) $89,500 per annum $213,473
1990 (2/1) $96,600 per annum only Representatives $200,360
1990 (2/1) $98,400 per annum only Senators $204,094
1991 (1/1) $125,100 per annum only Representatives $248,886
1991 (1/1) $101,900 per annum only Senators $202,729
1991 (8/14) $125,100 per annum only Senators $248,886
1992 $129,500 per annum 3.5% $250,064
1993 $133,600 per annum 3.2% $250,612
1998 $136,700 per annum 2.3% $227,266
2000 $141,300 per annum 3.4% $222,339
2001 $145,100 per annum 2.7% $222,054
2002 $150,000 per annum 3.4% $225,985
2003 $154,700 per annum 3.1% $227,880
2004 $158,100 per annum 2.2% $226,816
2005 $162,100 per annum 2.5% $224,907
2006 $165,200 per annum 1.9% $222,057
2008 $169,300 per annum 2.5% $213,077
2009 $174,000 per annum 2.8% $219,774
2020 $174,000 per annum 0 $182,189
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 positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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

https://www.senate.gov/CRSpubs/9c14ec69-c4e4-4bd8-8953-f73daa1640e4.pdf