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Congress receives pay at 3.4 times more than the average American worker makes.
Congress receives the equivalent of $14,000 in paid time off . . . assuming they only take half the time off of the average federal employee. Taxpayers contribute about $6,000 to each Member of Congress’s health and life insurance and another $9,000 to the employer’s share of Social Security and Medicare taxes.
Congress was in session just 126 days this year. They worked just two days in the month of August.
Congressional averages $3,346 per week, and their compensation including benefits totals around $285,000 per year. Unlike state and local government employees, who generally must contribute around 6 percent of their pay to defined benefit pensions, Members of Congress contribute only 1.3 percent of their salaries.