Best-Paid Congress Jobs Pay 4 Times the US Median, Report Shows

See which members of Congress get paid the most.

The next presidential election isn’t until 2020, but this year’s midterm elections for Congress are very important in their own right. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested in the 2018 elections, with 218 seats being the magic number to gain control.

A recent GOBankingRates study found the best-paying positions in U.S. Congress. Salary data was gathered from the report, Congressional Salaries and Allowances, by the Congressional Research Service.

Read on to find out which member of Congress gets paid the most.


Top-Paying Jobs in U.S. Congress

One of the best ways to convey how much congressmen and congresswomen make is by comparing their salaries to what the average American earns. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income is $55,322.

That means the best-paying job in Congress earns quadruple the American median income, with the Speaker of the House taking home a cool $223,500. Meanwhile, all other representatives and senators earn $174,000 a year, easily three-times the U.S. median income.

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Even if you’re not an elected representative or senator, you can make quite a nice living in Congress. For example, clerk of the house — the official record-keeper of the House of Representatives — makes an impressive $172,500, as does the congressional chaplain.

One of the lowest-paying of the best-paid congressional jobs is that of Parliamentarian of the House. What does this British-sounding role do? According to House of Representatives website, the Office of the Parliamentarian gives nonpartisan guidance on rules and procedures. They have been appointed by the Speaker of the House in every Congress since 1927, with their political party affiliation being largely irrelevant.

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Check out the full list of all the highest paying jobs in Congress.

RankCongress PositionAnnual Salary
1Speaker of the House$223,500
2Majority and Minority Leaders$193,400
2President pro tempore$193,400
2Majority and Minority Leaders$193,400
3All other Representatives$174,000
3All other Senators$174,000
4Chief Administrative Officer$172,500
4Clerk of the House$172,500
4Sergeant at Arms$172,500
4House Chaplain$172,500
4Legislative Counsel$172,500
4Law Revision Counsel$172,500
4Inspector General$172,500
4Director, Interparliamentary Affairs$172,500
4General Counsel to the House$172,500
4Secretary of the Senate$172,500
4Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper$172,500
4Legislative Counsel$172,500
4Legal Counsel$172,500
6Senate Chaplain$160,787

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Methodology: All salary information sourced from the Congressional Research Service’s 2018 Congressional Salaries and Allowances: In Brief report.