Q & A: How much do Members of Congress get paid?

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How much do members of Congress get paid?

Most senators, representatives, delegates, and the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico make $174,000. The Speaker of the House (Paul Ryan) makes  $223,500 per year. The president pro tempore of the Senate (Orrin Hatch) and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate (Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi) make $193,400. Those amounts have not changed since 2009.

Members are only paid during their terms in office. They receive no per diem or housing allowance but can deduct up to $3,000 per year for housing expenses. Their outside income is limited ($27,495 in 2016).

For more details on the budgets and benefits for members of Congress, check out this report from the Congressional Research Service.


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