Salaries of members of the United States Congress

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.

Year Salary Per diem/annum Percent adjustment In 2019 dollars
1789 $50 per annum
1795 $1 per diem only Representatives
$7 per diem only Senators
1796 $6 per diem
1815 $1,500 per annum $20,954
1817 $6 per diem only Representatives $96
$7 per diem only Senators $112
1818 $8 per diem $134
1855 $3,000 per annum $82,318
1865 $5,000 per annum $83,511
1871 $7,500 per annum $160,063
1874 $5,000 per annum $112,985
1907 $7,500 per annum $205,795
1925 $10,000 per annum $145,787
1932 $9,000 per annum $168,651
1933 $8,500 per annum $167,880
1934 (2/1) $9,000 per annum $172,007
1934 (7/1) $9,500 per annum $181,563
1935 $10,000 per annum $186,481
1947 $12,500 per annum $143,126
1955 $22,500 per annum $214,742
1965 $30,000 per annum $243,390
1969 $42,500 per annum $296,304
1975 $44,600 per annum $211,912
1977 $57,500 per annum $242,599
1979 $60,662.50 per annum $213,696
1982 $69,800 per annum only Representatives $184,922
1983 $69,800 per annum only Senators $179,176
1984 $72,600 per annum $178,663
1985 $75,100 per annum $178,525
1987 (1/1) $77,400 per annum $174,184
1987 (2/4) $89,500 per annum $201,414
1990 (2/1) $96,600 per annum only Representatives $189,042
1990 (2/1) $98,400 per annum only Senators $192,564
1991 (1/1) $125,100 per annum only Representatives $234,826
1991 (1/1) $101,900 per annum only Senators $191,277
1991 (8/14) $125,100 per annum only Senators $234,826
1992 $129,500 per annum 3.5% $235,938
1993 $133,600 per annum 3.2% $236,454
1998 $136,700 per annum 2.3% $214,428
2000 $141,300 per annum 3.4% $209,779
2001 $145,100 per annum 2.7% $209,510
2002 $150,000 per annum 3.4% $213,219
2003 $154,700 per annum 3.1% $215,007
2004 $158,100 per annum 2.2% $214,003
2005 $162,100 per annum 2.5% $212,202
2006 $165,200 per annum 1.9% $209,513
2008 $169,300 per annum 2.5% $201,040
2009 $174,000 per annum 2.8% $207,359
Salaries, shown for US Senators and US Representatives. Also shown: salaries adjusted to 2014 US Dollars.

Additional pay schedule for the Senate and House positions:

SCHEDULE 6—VICE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS[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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