MPs recently voted for a pay rise, with Boris Johnson’s pay package also increasing
As the cost of living continues to rise for millions of people, attention turns to our elected leaders.
The government has long been criticized for keeping MPs and the prime minister’s salaries out of touch with the country, and the heat was turned up again after a vote passed to increase those salaries.
Boris Johnson has now stepped down as Prime Minister but has earned a handsome salary package during his tenure.
But what exactly is the prime minister getting paid? And how does it compare to other countries?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Boris Johnson’s salary?
As of 2022, the total annual salary to which the Prime Minister is entitled is £161,401.
This is split between the £79,496 salary for the Prime Minister’s role, while the remaining amount comes from Mr Johnson’s role as an MP.
Salary levels may change from year to year.
The job also comes with perks like the right to reside at 10 Downing Street and access to the Prime Minister’s official residence, Checkers.
Despite being much higher than the ONS UK average of £31,285, his salary is actually lower than other world leaders.
Canadian Justin Trudeau earns more than £200,000 annually while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earns more than £280,000 annually.
With an annual salary of £300,000, US President Joe Biden is one of the highest paid statesmen in the world.
What is Boris Johnson Net Worth?
The Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson own a £1.2million London residence.
He also owns a 20% interest in his family’s Exmoor estate.
Before becoming Prime Minister, Mr Johnson worked as a journalist and author and was paid for public appearances.
What is the salary of an MP?
As of April 2022, the annual salary of a Member of Parliament in the UK is £84,000.
This was increased from £81,932 after MPs voted for a 2.7% pay increase in line with average pay rises in the public sector.
As well as a healthy salary package, MPs are also entitled to out-of-pocket expenses for any expenses they may incur in carrying out their jobs.
This includes employing staff, travel and accommodation in London and the cost of running an office.
Since 2010, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has been responsible for managing MPs’ spending following the expenses scandal.