Who made more money in office: George Washington or Barack Obama?

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How does the salary of George Washington compare to that of Barack Obama's?

The country's first U.S. president made $25,000 for the job in 1789. According to Business Insider, "That may not sound like much, but to put Washington's compensation into perspective, $25,000 in 1913 — the oldest year the inflation calculator accounts for — is equivalent to about $600,000 today. Imagine the value in 1789!"

In contrast, Obama is designated a yearly salary of $400,000, and he reportedly made nearly $800,000 in 2011 due to additional earnings from investments and book royalties.

While the two men may seem to have had somewhat comparable incomes in present day terms, Slate points out that Washington was not given money to pay for expenses related to his official duties so he had to subsidize some of them himself.

In fact, the founding father reportedly complained about not earning enough money to cover his costs.

For about 30 years starting in 1969, American presidents earned $200,000 in base pay until the amount was doubled to its current level in 1999.

Presidents listed by their net worths:

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Ranking the US presidents by net worth
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Ranking the US presidents by net worth
42. Harry S. Truman: <$1 million

33rd President (1945-1953)

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41. Calvin Coolidge: <$1 million

30th President (1923-1929)

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40. Woodrow Wilson: <$1 million

28th President (1913-1921)

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39. Chester A. Arthur: <$1 million

21st President (1881-1885)

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38. James A. Garfield: <$1 million

20th President (1881-1881)

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37. Ulysses S. Grant: <$1 million

18th President (1869-1877)

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36. Andrew Johnson: <$1 million 

17th President (1865-1869)

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35. Abraham Lincoln: <$1 million

16th President (1861-1865)

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34. James Buchanan: <$1 million

15th President (1857-1861)

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33. Warren G. Harding: $1 million

29th President (1921-1923)

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32. William McKinley: $1 million

25th President (1897-1901)

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31. Franklin Pierce: $2 million

14th President (1853-1857)

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30. William Howard Taft: $3 million

27th President (1909-1913)

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29. Rutherford B. Hayes: $3 million

19th President (1877-1881)

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28. Millard Fillmore: $4 million

13th President (1850-1853)

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27. Benjamin Harrison: $5 million

23rd President (1889-1893)

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26. William Henry Harrison: $5 million

9th President (1841-1841)

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25. Zachary Taylor: $6 million 

12th President (1849-1850)

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24. Jimmy Carter: $7 million

39th President (1977-1981)

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23. Gerald Ford: $7 million

38th President (1974-1977)

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22. Barack Obama: $7 million

44th President (2009-present)

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21. Dwight Eisenhower: $8 million

34th President (1953-1961)

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20. James K. Polk: $10 million

11th President (1845-1849)

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19. Ronald Reagan: $13 million

40th President (1981-1989)

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18. Richard Nixon: $15 million

37th President (1969-1974)

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17. John Adams: $19 million

2nd President (1797-1801)

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16. George W. Bush: $20 million

43rd President (2001-2009)

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15. John Quincy Adams: $21 million

6th President (1825-1829)

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14. George H. W. Bush: $23 million

41st President: (1989-1993)

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13. Grover Cleveland: $25 million

22nd and 24th President (1885-1889) and (1893-1897)

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12. Martin Van Buren: $26 million 

8th President: (1837-1841)

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11. James Monroe: $27 million

5th President (1817-1825)

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10. John Tyler: $51 million

10th President (1841-1845)

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9. Bill Clinton: $55 million

42nd President (1993-2001)

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8. Franklin D. Roosevelt: $60 million

32nd President (1933-1945)

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7. Herbert Clark Hoover: $75 million

31st President (1929-1933)

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6. Lyndon Johnson: $98 million

36th President: (1963-1969)

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5. James Madison: $101 million

4th President (1809-1817)

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4. Andrew Jackson: $119 million

7th President (1829-1837)

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3. Theodore Roosevelt: $125 million

26th President (1901-1909)

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2. Thomas Jefferson: $212 million

3rd President (1801-1809)

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1. George Washington: $525 million

1st President (1789-1797)

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1.* John F. Kennedy: $1 billion 

35th President (1961-1963)

*Had he lived, JFK would have inherited $1 billion from his father. 

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