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- The salary of the president, prime minister, or chancellor varies, but the average pay gap between world leaders and average citizens in some countries is stark.
- IG Group compiled a report on the salary differences between OECD country world leaders and their citizens.
- Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto earns more than ten times the average wage of Mexican citizens, while US President Donald Trump earns at least six times more than the average American.
Some world leaders don’t just take the lead in their country’s affairs — they also take the lead when it comes to the size of their paycheck.
While the salary of the president, prime minister, or chancellor varies across countries, they often make more money than the average citizen of their country. For some, the salary difference is much more drastic than others.
Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto earns more than ten times the average wage of Mexican citizens, while Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earns $527,854 annually — more than any other head of government in the OECD.
This list features formal heads of government, which excludes all monarchs as well as presidents in some countries (Ireland and France, for example). In some countries, the head of state is also considered the head of government (Mexico and the US, for example).
IG Group notes that base pay is used as a generic term for each person’s base salary or other form of publicly funded compensation for their stated role.
Scroll below to see how the average citizen’s paycheck measures up to their government leader for 32 OECD countries, ranked from smallest difference in pay to largest.
32. Miro Cerar — Prime Minister of Slovenia
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Annual base pay: $87,818
Average citizen’s wage: $34,965
31. Mariano Rajoy — Prime Minister of Spain
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Annual base pay: $97,926
Average citizen’s wage: $37,333
30. Māris Kučinskis — Prime Minister of Latvia
Annual base pay: $59,644
Average citizen’s wage: $22,389
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By Tanza Loudenback
April 27, 2018 at 08:00AM
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