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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.


 Executive Branch
President of the United States


 Executive Schedule
 Level 1: Cabinet-level officials


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


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


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


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


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


Speaker of the House of Representatives


President Pro Tempore of the Senate


Majority and Minority Leaders - House and Senate


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


Comptroller General of the United States 


Deputy Comptroller General


Librarian of Congress


Judicial Branch 
 Chief Justice of the United States 


 Associate Justices of the Supreme Court


 Judges, U.S. Courts of Appeal


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


 Judges, U.S. District Courts


 Judges, United States Claims Court


 Judges, Court of International Trade


 Judges, Tax Court of the United States


 Bankruptcy Judges


 Magistrate Judges


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