This Is How Much Money the U.S. President Makes

You’ve probably asked yourself at least once, “How much does the president make?” Well, the answer might surprise you.

Being the President of the United States isn’t your typical nine to five job. You have to work long hours, have a huge amount of responsibility, and are constantly in the public eye. Once elected, the president basically works non-stop for four years. So yes, their annual salary is going to be higher than your average working American. But how much does the president make? While it is a high number it might not be as high as one would assume for the amount of work they do. Also, check out these presidential firsts you probably never knew about.

How much does the president make?

The last three presidents elected to office—Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush—have all made $400,000 a year in salary. The president also gets an additional expense allowance every year of $50,000. On top of that, they get free housing in the White House, free transportation, and free health care administrated by the private medical team available in the White House. Unsurprisingly, that puts their job in the top 1 percent of yearly salaries.

How much did past presidents make?

Since the first president was elected in 1789 there have been five pay raises, the most recent in 2001. It might seem like past presidents didn’t make that much, but if you take inflation into account, that amount of money in 1789 would be worth a lot more today. Check out these hidden talents of 24 U.S. presidents.

1789: $25,000

1873: $50,000

1909: $75,000

1949: $100,000

1969: $200,000

2001: $400,000

What do they use their salary for?

Many presidential candidates are already wealthy so if elected, they don’t really need a salary to help them get by. Some of the wealthier presidents have chosen to donate their salary or portions of their salary. President Trump pledged to donate his entire presidential salary from his first year in office to charity.

How do presidents make money after office?

You know that the president gets paid while in office, but how much do they make once their final term is up? After they leave the White House, presidents receive a pension of $205,800 a year. On top of that, many former presidents make money by doing additional things such as speeches, writing books, or working in film or television. Now that you know how much the president makes, read up on these other astonishing facts you never knew about U.S. presidents.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.