5. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Admiral Michael Mullen
- Annual Base Salary: $220,734.36
- Maximum Job Length: 8 Years
- Previous Job: Chief of Naval Operations
Job Description: While the president is technically the commander of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the combined panel of the Army, Air Force, and Navy – is the functional leader of the military. The Chairman is appointed by the President.
(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)