Fed. Govt.: President George Bush Issues 2009 Federal Employees’ Pay Schedule; Federal Judges Do Not Receive COLA

[Note (3/13/09): The Congress has passed and the President has signed the omnibus appropriations act for FY 2009.

“SEC. 310. Pursuant to section 140 of Public Law 97-92, and from funds appropriated in this Act, Justices and judges of the United States are authorized during fiscal year 2009, to receive a salary adjustment in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 461.”

The judicial cola is section 310.]

President George Bush issued the 2009 salary schedule for federal employees (Executive Order 13483).

Some items of interest:

The judicial branch has not received a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Senator Harry Reid attempted to have the judiciary’s COLA voted on in the legislation to rescue the automobile industry.  However, the legislation failed to pass.

Judicial position

Annual Salary in 2007

Annual Salary in 2008

Annual Salary in 2009

Annual Salary in 2009 (projected)

Chief Justice of U.S.

212,100

217,400

217,400

223,444

Sup. Ct. Associate Justices

203,000

208,100

208,100

213,782

Circuit Judges

175,100

179,500

179,500

184,490

District Judges

165,200

169,300

169,300

174,000

Judges of Int’l Trade Court

165,200

169,300

169,300

174,000

(Source: EO 13483, section 7. Note: Projection for 2009  is based on the assumption that the judiciary will also receive a 2.78% COLA.)

While some senators unfairly berated domestic automobile industry unionized workers for their well-deserved and fair salary for manufacturing labor, members of the House and Senate will receive a pay increase of $4,700 in 2009 (from $169,300 to $174,000 (a 2.78% increase)).

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