Trump earns more than six times the average American as president — here’s how much 32 world leaders make compared to the citizens in their country

The salary of the president or prime minister is higher than the average citizen's, but just how much bigger varies by country.

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The salary of the president or prime minister is higher than the average citizen’s, but just how much bigger varies by country.
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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.

IG Group compiled data on the base pay for world leaders in OECD countries and compared the results to the citizens’ average salary in each leader’s country – and the differences are notable.

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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Population: 2,064,840

Annual base pay: $87,818

Average citizen’s wage: $34,965


31. Mariano Rajoy — Prime Minister of Spain

Population: 46,443,960

Annual base pay: $97,926

Average citizen’s wage: $37,333


30. Māris Kučinskis — Prime Minister of Latvia

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Yves Herman/Reuters

Population: 1,960,420

Annual base pay: $59,644

Average citizen’s wage: $22,389


29. Mateusz Morawiecki — Prime Minister of Poland

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Mateusz Morawiecki.
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Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Population: 37,948,020

Annual base pay: $57,772

Average citizen’s wage: $25,921


28. António Costa — Prime Minister of Portugal

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António Costa.
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Population: 10,324,610

Annual base pay: $72,352

Average citizen’s wage: $24,529


27. Peter Pellegrini — Prime Minister of Slovakia

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Peter Pellegrini.
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Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Population: 5,428,700

Annual base pay: $70,973

Average citizen’s wage: $23,508


26. Paolo Gentiloni — Prime Minister of Italy

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Paolo Gentiloni.
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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Population: 60,600,590

Annual base pay: $109,607

Average citizen’s wage: $35,397


25. Alexis Tsipras — Prime Minister of Greece

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Alexis Tsipras.
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Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Population: 10,746,740

Annual base pay: $82,405

Average citizen’s wage: $25,124


24. Mark Rutte — Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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Mark Rutte.
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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Population: 17,018,410

Annual base pay: $193,844

Average citizen’s wage: $52,833


23. Juha Sipilä — Prime Minister of Finland

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Juha Sipilä.
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Arno Mikkor/Wikimedia Commons/Attribution

Population: 5,495,100

Annual base pay: $161,498

Average citizen’s wage: $42,127


22. Erna Solberg — Prime Minister of Norway

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Erna Solberg.
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Monica Schipper/Getty Images

Population: 5,232,930

Annual base pay: $210,714

Average citizen’s wage: $53,643


21. Katrín Jakobsdóttir — Prime Minister of Iceland

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Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
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Magnus Fröderberg/Wikimedia Commons/Attribution

Population: 334,250

Annual base pay: $242,619

Average citizen’s wage: $55,984


20. Xavier Bettel — Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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Xavier Bettel.
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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Population: 582,970

Annual base pay: $278,035

Average citizen’s wage: $62,636


19. Leo Varadkar — Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland

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Leo Varadkar.
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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Population: 4,773,100

Annual base pay: $234,447

Average citizen’s wage: $51,681


18. Viktor Orbán — Prime Minister of Hungary

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Viktor Orbán.
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Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images

Population: 9,817,960

Annual base pay: $99,349

Average citizen’s wage: $21,711


17. Lars Løkke Rasmussen — Prime Minister of Denmark

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Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
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Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Population: 5,731,120

Annual base pay: $249,774

Average citizen’s wage: $52,580


16. Benjamin Netanyahu — Prime Minister of Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Population: 8,547,100

Annual base pay: $168,210

Average citizen’s wage: $34,023


15. Theresa May — Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Theresa May.
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Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Population: 65,637,240

Annual base pay: $212,247

Average citizen’s wage: $42,835


14. Édouard Philippe — Prime Minister of France

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Édouard Philippe.
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Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Population: 66,896,110

Annual base pay: $220,505

Average citizen’s wage: $42,992


13. Shinzō Abe — Prime Minister of Japan

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Shinzō Abe.
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Population: 126,994,510

Annual base pay: $202,700

Average citizen’s wage: $39,113


12. Justin Trudeau — Prime Minister of Canada

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Justin Trudeau.
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Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Population: 36,286,430

Annual base pay: $267,041

Average citizen’s wage: $48,403


11. Stefan Löfven — Prime Minister of Sweden

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Stefan Löfven.
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Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Population: 9,903,120

Annual base pay: $244,615

Average citizen’s wage: $42,816


10. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — President of Turkey

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Population: 79,512,430

Annual base pay: $148,626

Average citizen’s wage: $25,655


9. Donald Trump — President of the United States

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Donald Trump.
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Pool/Getty Images

Population: 323,127,510

Annual base pay: $400,000

Average citizen’s wage: $60,154


8. Sebastián Piñera — President of Chile

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Sebastián Piñera.
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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Population: 17,909,750

Annual base pay: $190,466

Average citizen’s wage: $28,434


7. Sebastian Kurz — Chancellor of Austria

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Sebastian Kurz.
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Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images

Population: 8,747,360

Annual base pay: $328,584

Average citizen’s wage: $48,295


6. Charles Michel — Prime Minister of Belgium

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Charles Michel.
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Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Population: 11,348,160

Annual base pay: $358,635

Average citizen’s wage: $49,587


5. Angela Merkel — Chancellor of Germany

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Angela Merkel.
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Adam Berry/Getty Images

Population: 82,667,680

Annual base pay: $369,727

Average citizen’s wage: $46,389


4. Alain Berset — President of Switzerland

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Alain Berset.
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Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Population: 8,372,100

Annual base pay: $482,958

Average citizen’s wage: $60,124


3. Jacinda Ardern — Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Jacinda Ardern.
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Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Population: 4,692,700

Annual base pay: $339,862

Average citizen’s wage: $39,397


2. Malcolm Turnbull — Prime Minister of Australia

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Malcolm Turnbull.
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Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Population: 24,127,160

Annual base pay: $527,854

Average citizen’s wage: $52,063


1. Enrique Peña Nieto — President of Mexico

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Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Population: 127,540,420

Annual base pay: $166,797

Average citizen’s wage: $15,311