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Report: Members of Congress earn 3.4 times the average U.S. salary

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) and Our Generation (OG) advocacy groups released a report Wednesday showing that federal legislators earn 3.4 times more than the average full-time American worker, and are among the highest paid legislators in the industrialized world.

The report compares congressional salaries and benefits with what private sector workers receive, and with those of foreign legislators.

According to the report, members of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000 — which alone puts them in the highest-paid 5 percent of U.S. workers. They also, however, receive a host of additional benefits that put their total annual compensation at around $285,000. By comparison, the average full-time American employee earns just $50,875 annually.

The report also compared the American ratio of legislator pay to citizen salary with the same ratios in 13 developed countries, including Spain, Norway, France, the UK, Sweden, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan. Of those 13, only Japan had a higher ratio. On average, legislators in other countries receive salaries equal to 2.3 times the average wage.

“Congress has run up a $14.3 trillion debt and a $1.5 trillion deficit, yet they are still among the best compensated employees in America,” said Taxpayers Protection Alliance president David Williams. “It is time to hold our representatives in Washington responsible for their job performance. With the high salaries Congress is collecting, we don’t think it’s too much to ask that they do their jobs and get our economic house in order.”

The groups point out that if congressional salaries were cut to $100,000, taxpayers could save $39 million each year. (RELATED: Gingrich worth at least $6.7 million, has paid off Tiffany account)

“During a weak economic recovery, when unemployment is high and many Americans have to make do with less, Congress should not be rewarding itself with extravagant salaries and benefits,” said Our Generation executive director MacMillin Slobodien. “Immediate steps must be taken to cut congressional salaries and benefits and reassure Americans that sacrifices made during this economic downturn are being shared.”

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  • Aunty M

    After reading somewhere on the Internet (perhaps Drudgereport.com) how much money the Congress makes with their normal paycheck and also their extra monies from whomever ……..They appear to be a bunch of fatcat million and billionaires. Check it out. Let us cut their salaries for a start. Also, I too like term limits for all of them. No one is so special that they should constantly be reelected.

  • rck6207

    If we want Citizen Legislators, then pay them like citizens and limit their terms to two. They get so enamored with Washington, their pay, their perks, their power, their privelege that there only concern is being reelected for ever and ever. How dumb is that?

  • traker9

    When will Americans finally be fed up with all the BS? Illegal Mexicans can DEMONSTRATE why can’t we?

  • bigdave

    LETS USE PELOSI’S POLICY: LAY OFF EVERYONE AND JUST PAY THEM UNEMPLOYMENT!!! AFTER ALL, “EVERY DOLLAR SPENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT RETURNS $1.62 TO THE ECONOMY”….WELL LETS GO!! COME ON LEFTSTREAM MEDIA!! SHE’S “YOUR” GAL…WHATSAMATTA? NOT BACKING UP THE WITCH?! DON’T BELIEVE HER? YA NEVER SAID A DAMN THING ABOUT HER INSANE RANTS? WHERE ARE YA ON THIS CLOWN ANYWAY? COME ON LEFTIES…GET WITH IT…BACK HER ASS UP..OR ADMIT SHE IS AN INSANE MORON JUST LIKE HARRY REID WHO IS LIKE A REVOLVING DOOR!! JUST SHOW THE 2006 VIDEO OF THE LITTLE WIMP REID WAILING AGAINST THE REPUBS FOR “WANTING TO INCRESE THE DEBT AND INCOME TAXES ON FUTURE GENERATIONS”….HUH HARRYBOY? MAKE UP YOUR FRIGGIN MIND FOOL….WICH WAY IS UP?

  • emem

    Even worse than these salaries, it the instant entitlements they receive after 1 term. They shouldn’t be allowed to collect any retirement income UNTIL they reach retirement age. Same with insurance. The should have to return to theprivate sector like everyone else and not be treated like some protected class.

  • BigRmv

    The title threw me off with the author throwing that term “earn” around so carelessly.