READ US Presidential Salaries and Perks  

Mike Rothschild
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What was the salary of each president? While you have to be wealthy to run for president, nobody actually runs for president because they're in it for the money. The highest office in America has quite a few perks (along with, you know, a lot of power and respect), but as far as presidential salary, it's a relative pittance. Most presidents made far more money in the private sector than they'll ever make in office. But what about those perks?

Turns out there are more than you might think - and they're pretty great. For one thing, you get a nice big house to live in. You also get a guest house AND a vacation home. You get a company car - one with enough armor and defensive measures to survive a chemical attack. Plus the company jet is nice, and the company helicopter has its own convoy. You also get an expense account, entertainment allowance, and Secret Service folks who open doors for you everywhere you go.

On the downside, you have to pay for your own food and dry cleaning. And you have to give all the stuff back after your term is up - though you still get a staff and a pension when you're done. Here is the US president's salary through the years, along with their housing, transportation, and post-presidential swag. Though presidential salaries might not be as high as you thought, POTUS does have a bowling alley in the basement - which isn't bad.

1789 - 1873: $25,000

1789 - 1873: $25,000 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list US Presidential Salaries and Perks
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From George Washington's first term, beginning in 1789, to the beginning of Ulysses S. Grant's second term in 1873, the president's salary was fixed at $25,000. This was the modern equivalent of $635,612 at first, but only about $472,000 by 1873.

1873 - 1909: $50,000

1873 - 1909: $50,000 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list US Presidential Salaries and Perks
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President Grant got a raise for his second term, lasting through William Howard Taft's inauguration. The current value of this salary was $944,000 at the beginning, and almost $1.3 million in 1909.

1909 - 1949: $75,000

1909 - 1949: $75,000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list US Presidential Salaries and Perks
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President Taft's salary jumped to $75,000, which lasted until Harry Truman's second term, which began in 1949. The current value dropped from $1.9 million in 1909 to $715,000 in 1949.

1949 - 1969: $100,000

1949 - 1969: $100,000 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list US Presidential Salaries and Perks
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Presidents Truman through Johnson made $100,000 - equivalent in today's money to $953,000 (in 1949) and $647,000 (in 1969).