Senate Salaries since 1789

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

(per year unless noted)

From a stipend of six dollars a day in 1789 to a much more robust salary of $174,000 in 2009, this chart shows how compensation for U.S. senators has evolved over time.

YearSalary
1789?1815$6.00 per day
1815?1817$1,500
1817?1855$8.00 per day
1855?1865$3,000
1865?1871$5,000
1871?1873$7,500
1873?1907$5,000
1907?1925$7,500
1925?1932$10,000
1932?1933$9,000
1933?1935$8,500
1935?1947$10,000
1947?1955$12,500
1955?1965$22,500
1965?1969$30,000
1969?1975$42,500
1975?1977$44,600
1977?1978$57,500
1979?1983$60,662.50
1983$69,800
1984$72,600
1985?1986$75,100
1987 (Jan. 1?Feb. 3)$77,400
1987?1990$89,500
1990 (as of Feb. 1)$98,400
1991$101,900
1991 (as of Aug. 15)$125,100
1992$129,500
1993?1997$133,600
1998?1999$136,700
2000$141,300
2001$145,100
2002$150,000
2003$154,700
2004$158,100
2005$162,100
2006$165,200
2007$165,200
2008$169,300
2009$174,000
NOTE: Since the early 1980s, Senate leaders?majority and minority leaders, and the president pro tempore?have received slightly higher salaries than other members.
Source: United States Senate. Web: www.senate.gov .

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