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10 Highest-Paid Government Jobs

4. Speaker of the House: John Boehner

- Annual Base Salary: $223,500
- Maximum Job Length: Potentially Unlimited, Generally 4-8 Years
- Previous Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives From Ohio

Job Description: The Speaker of the House does not legally need to be a member of the House of Representatives, but there has never been a speaker appointed from outside the legislative branch. The speaker is third in line for the presidency. The speaker’s role includes presiding over the house and setting his party’s agenda. This position stands as proxy for the House Minority Leader, who makes the same amount.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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