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Subject: U.S. President's salary
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: fleasting-ga
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Posted: 17 Sep 2003 17:40 PDT
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Question ID: 257837
1. Does the president still receive the same amount salary/pension
after his term has ended as he did during the term?
2. Does the president get any salary if he has been impeached?
Subject: Re: U.S. President's salary
Answered By: czh-ga on 17 Sep 2003 19:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello fleasting-ga,

1. Does the president still receive the same amount salary/pension
after his term has ended as he did during the term?

The current presidential salary is $400,000 per year. The president
also receives a $50,000 non-taxable expense account.

The current pension for former presidents is $171,900 as well as
various other entitlements for expenses and services.

See below for detailed explanations and links.

2. Does the president get any salary if he has been impeached?

No, he doesn’t since he would not meet the qualifications of “former
President” under the language of the Former Presidents Act.

See below for detailed explanation and links.



Salary Info
The compensation of the President is controlled by law, specifically 3
USC 102. The most recent salary increase, from $200,000/year to
$400,000/year took effect when George W. Bush became President. The
President also receives a $50,000 non-taxable expense account. The
University of Michigan's Document Center has also created this page
which summarizes Presidential and Vice Presidential Salaries from 1789
to the present. President George Washington, for example, received a
salary of $25,000/year.

Presidential Salary and Compensation

***** See links to:
Compensation provision in the Constitution
U.S. Code describing the President's compensation
Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents salary history
Salary information and history from CNN
Presidential Perks
Article about the Presidential Pension

Former Presidents: Federal Pension and Retirement Benefits
Order Code 98-249 GOV
Updated March 5, 2003

Pension Info
The retirement benefits received by former Presidents include a
pension, Secret Service protection, and reimbursements for staff,
travel, mail, and office expenses. The Presidential pension is not a
fixed amount, rather it matches the current salary of Cabinet members
- $166,700/year as of January, 2002 (but see "Salary Info" section
above for advice on how to track increases in this figure.)

If you are interested in more information on presidential pensions,
there are some good sites to check. The first is a press release from
the National Taxpayers Union titled Presidential Pension Payouts Could
be Record , which compares the predicted lifetime pension payouts of
former President Clinton and Vice President Gore to the payouts of
other former Presidents
( The
second is a MSNBC article titled Too rich a deal for ex-presidents?
( and the last is an article from
a business publication called Asset International Online

98-524 A
June 5, 1998
The Intersection Between the Former Presidents Act and the Impeachment

The Former Presidents Act, P.L. 85-745, 72 Stat. 838,(1) as amended, 3
U.S.C.  102 note, makes provision for a monetary allowance for former
Presidents, payable monthly, at an annual rate equal to that of the
head of an executive department as defined in 5 U.S.C. 101.

In light of the language in the Former Presidents Act, one consequence
of removal of a President from office as a result of a conviction in
an impeachment trial would be that the individual involved would no
longer fit within the definition of "former President" for purposes of
the Act.

“High Crimes and Misdemeanors:” A Short History of Impeachment
The right to impeach public officials is secured by the U.S.
Constitution in Article I, Sections 2 and 3, which discuss the
procedure, and in Article II, Section 4, which indicates the grounds
for impeachment: “the President, Vice President, and all civil
officers of the United States shall be removed from office on
impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high
crimes and misdemeanors.”
Index of the Constitution

September 15, 1998 -- Clinton Could Receive $6.3 Million Tax-Funded
Pension Payout – But Only If He Retires or Resigns

However, according to the U.S. Code, the pension only applies to
Presidents "whose service in office shall have terminated other than
by removal pursuant to Section 4 of Article II of the Constitution,"
which describes the impeachment process. If President Clinton is
impeached and convicted under this section, he forfeits all pension
benefits unless Congress specifically acts to restore them. Richard
Nixon, who resigned in 1974, was drawing a $148,400 annual pension at
the time of his death.

Also at stake for President Clinton are generous office and staff
allowances, mailing privileges, and secret service protection, all of
which would be denied if he were impeached and convicted. For 1998
alone, the federal government has budgeted roughly $450,000-$650,000
for each ex-President to cover these perks. The costs vary depending
on furnishings, office locations, and other factors.

Under what authority does a former President receive federal benefits?
How can they be taken away from him? Dolan Springs, AZ If a President
is impeached, does he lose his government pension? What if he resigns

Lansing, MI - 5/3/01 
Former Presidents receive their benefits -- compensation, security
services, office and staff allowance, travel allowance, and widows'
benefits -- under the auspices of federal law enacted by Congress: see
3 United States Code 102.
Benefits granted former Presidents could be modified or repealed only
by Act of Congress.

Were a President to be impeached by the House and convicted by the
Senate, he would be removed from office, and he would indeed lose his
government pension.
However, a President would keep his pension were he to resign before
the process of impeachment is completed (as did President Richard
Nixon in 1974).

01/07/99 -- Clinton could lose more than job
WASHINGTON - If the impeachment case against President Clinton led to
conviction in a Senate trial, Clinton would lose far more than his
Under a 1958 law, Clinton would lose his $151,800 annual pension. He
also would lose related benefits funded by Congress, such as the
annual stipend former presidents traditionally receive to run an
office and staff.

Presidential Impeachment: General Background and Guides


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Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 18 Sep 2003 00:18 PDT
Hello again fleasting-ga,

My colleague, expertlaw, has called my attention to a point that’s
worth making. A President will not continue to get a salary if he’s
been impeached and CONVICTED. Bill Clinton was impeached but not
convicted so he kept collecting his salary without interruption.


Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 18 Sep 2003 10:16 PDT
Hello fleasting-ga,

I'm glad you liked the answer. Thank you for the generous tip and the five stars.

fleasting-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Very precise answer, many referenced links, but most importantly,
answered within 12 hours of posting!

Subject: Re: U.S. President's salary
From: ingo77-ga on 18 Sep 2003 08:52 PDT
Of course you also have to take into account all the money he receives
in envelopes or rather suitcases from the arms and oil industry.


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