Members of Congress do not receive free housing or any housing reimbursement.
Skip to main content. Since 1992, Congress approved its annual adjustment 13 times, and rejected it 11 times. Averages can run higher: For the bottom 20 percent, that ratio drops to below one in 10. The president of the United States sets annual congressional salaries by executive order.
Until 1817, they were paid "per diem," or a day rate, with the exception of the years 1815 and 1816, when they received the first yearly salary: Members of Congress get free housing in Washington, D. A 2015 report from the U. But that doesn't mean the 48-year-old will have to start pinching pennies.
To continue in their position, all Members of Congress must convince local voters and campaign donors that they are the best person for this important job. The U. Luther, Carol. Historical Data Members of Congress have been paid ever since the establishment of the legislative body in 1789.
Carol Luther has more than 10 years of print and digital freelance writing experience. Thus all Members of Congress, no matter how long they have been in office, have been paying into the Social Security system since January 1984.
Congress has not voted to increase its retirement benefits at all since the Great Recession. There is no difference in the annual pay that new and senior members receive.
As of 2012, Congress had three ways it could give its members a raise: The fixed number of seats for Congress creates little job growth.