First count the number of members in an active congressional session, taking note of what position they hold.
Next use the chart below to roughly estimate an average hourly wage.
Finally enter the number of attendees and average hourly rate at the bottom of this page, select START and watch the costs add up.
Note that this tool can only be used to roughly estimate the wage portion of the cost of congressional time, there are many other elements that contribute to the total operating cost of congress.
Based on OPM Pay and Leave SCHEDULE 6--VICE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS Hourly Estimates are annual salary divided by 2080 hours (80 hours a pay period x 26 pay periods a year)
|Position||Annual Salary||Hourly Estimate|
|Vice President||$ 230,700.00||$ 110.91|
|Senators||$ 174,000.00||$ 83.65|
|Members of the House of Representatives||$ 174,000.00||$ 83.65|
|Delegates to the House of Representatives||$ 174,000.00||$ 83.65|
|Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico||$ 174,000.00||$ 83.65|
|President pro tempore of the Senate||$ 193,400.00||$ 92.98|
|Majority leader and minority leader of the Senate||$ 193,400.00||$ 92.98|
Majority leader and minority leader of the House of Representatives
|$ 193,400.00||$ 92.98|
|Speaker of the House of Representatives||$ 223,500.00||$ 107.45|