January 28, 2021

Dr. Fauci Earns More than Any Other Federal Employee, Including the President

  • Flyover Country

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid federal employee in the United States, earning more than the President, the Chief Justice, and members of Congress. He has been the highest paid federal employee since before the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, and his salary has continued to grow. This data is based on salaries funded by U.S. taxpayers. 

The Background:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, reportedly earns a higher salary than any other federal employee, including the President. Forbes reports that Fauci made $417, 608 in 2019. In comparison, the U.S. President is given a salary of $400,000, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court makes $270,700, and Nancy Pelosi has a salary of $223,500. According to Forbes, Dr. Stephen Lindstrom, responsible for overseeing the development of COVID-19 tests, made a little over $100,000 in 2019. 

The New York Post reports that Dr. Fauci is eligible for full federal pension and social security, under the pre-1984 Civil Service Retirement System rules. Fauci has worked for 53 years in the medical field, and has worked for every President since Ronald Reagan.

Dr. Fauci’s salary has become a topic of discussion a few months after he was featured in an interview with actor Matthew McConaughey, and joked that he did not invest in the COVID-19 vaccine due to the fact he was on a government salary.

(These numbers were taken from OpenTheBooks.com, via Freedom of Information Act requests, and based solely on salaries funded by tax-payers.) 

Notable Quotes:

“Matthew, no...I got zero! I am a government worker. I have a government salary.” - Dr. Anthony Fauci to Matthew McConaughey, August 2020.

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