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Ic-salaries About Member of Congress Salaries

Congress is required by Article I, Section 6, of the Constitution to determine its own pay.

Pay adjustments can be enacted through stand-alone legislation or through a commission process, but most commonly member salary increases are implemented through an automatic annual adjustment process in which members receive an automatic “cost of living” allowance increase.

The salary increase takes effect on January 1 of each year unless Congress votes to decline it, though individual members can opt to decline an automatic annual pay increase. By law, members may not receive an increase greater than the increase in the base pay of General Schedule (GS) employees. Both houses of Congress voted not to raise member salaries for 2010 or 2011.

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History of Annual Salaries - Members of Congress and Leadership

Year Members of Congress Speaker of the House

Majority and Minority Leaders

and President Pro Tempore

2011 $174,000 $223,500 $193,400
2010 $174,000 $223,500 $193,400
2009 $174,000 $223,500 $193,400
2008 $169,300 $217,400 $188,100
2007 $165,200 $212,100 $183,500
2006 $165,200 $212,100 $183,500
2005 $162,100 $208,100 $180,100
2004 $158,100 $203,000 $175,700
2003 $154,700 $198,600 $171,900
2002 $150,000 $192,600 $166,700
2001 $145,100 $186,300 $161,200
2000 $141,300 $181,400 $156,900
1985 $75,100 n/a n/a
1975 $44,600 n/a n/a
1955 $12,500 n/a n/a
1925 $7,500 n/a n/a
1900 $5,000 n/a n/a
1873 $7,500 n/a n/a
1855 $3,000 n/a n/a
1825 $8 per day n/a n/a
1800 $6 per day n/a n/a
1789 $6 per day n/a n/a