The federal government is undoubtedly a massive institution.
Out of its four million federal employees, have you ever thought about who makes the highest salary?
The answer may shock you.
No, it’s not Nancy Pelosi or even the President of the United States.
Rather, it’s a name we’ve all come to know well over the last year: Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci made $417,608 in 2019, the last year for which federal salaries are publicly available. That makes him not only the highest paid doctor in the federal government, but the highest paid employee in total, Forbes reports.
Fauci even made more than the $400,000 salary of the president, which Donald Trump did not accept. Instead, he wrote checks equal to a quarter of his salary each quarter to various government agencies.
Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and current Chief Medical Advisor to the President will rake in a whopping $2.5 million from 2019 through 2024, so long as he stays in his position through the end of the Biden administration.
Between 2010 and 2019, Fauci made $3.6 million and since 2014, his pay increased from $335,000 to the current $417,608, according to Forbes.
In comparison to other government officials: Speaker Nancy Pelosi will earn $223,500 this year; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will make $270,700; and House Representatives and Senators will make $174,000.
Federal government employee salaries are usually capped at level IV of the Executive Schedule, which was $172,500 in 2019; but, there are clearly exceptions.
Despite his common rifts with Donald Trump, polling has shown Dr. Fauci is the most trusted public figure in the U.S. for information pertaining to the pandemic and reliable information on COVID-19 vaccines.