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10 Highest-Paid Government Jobs

8. Senate Majority Leader: Harry Reid

- Annual Base Salary: $193,400
- Maximum Job Length: Indefinite, usually 4-8 years, or until Senate changes hands
- Previous Job: Governor of Nevada

Job Description: The Senate Majority Leader did not exist until the beginning of the 20th century. According to the U.S. Senate website: “The leader must keep himself briefed and informed on national and international problems in addition to pending legislative matters. On the floor of the senate he is charged by his party members to deal with all procedural questions in consultation with them and his party’s policy-making bodies.” Additionally, Reid must be in contact with all of the various committees and maintain a line of communication between them and the senate. This position stands as proxy for the minority and majority leaders in both the Senate and House, who all make the same amount.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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