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Congressional Pay, Frozen Since 2009, Still Around 4 Times National Average

11/27/2012 09:35 am ET | Updated Jan 27, 2013

It pays pretty well to legislate in Washington. Members of Congress, both senators and representatives, now make $174,000 a year. Compare that to the median pay of an American worker, which stands at $39,416.

But members have not had a raise since 2009. Their pay, along with that of all federal workers, was frozen in an effort to trim the deficit. The topic comes up again in January, when a raise of up to 1.1 percent is scheduled to take effect, unless salaries are kept frozen.

We have a video with more on congressional compensation. Take a look above.

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