The highest paid staffer is Boyd Matheson, who is State Director for Sen. Mike Lee. He pulls in an annual salary of $169,459. The rest of the top salary earners:
Michael Kennedy, Chief of Staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch – $164,682
Margaret Joseph, Chief of Staff for Rep. Jim Matheson – $158,656
Steven Petersen, Senior Policy Advisor for Rep. Rob Bishop – $157,650
Michael Connolly, Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Mike Lee – $151.006
Robert Porter, Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch – $139,042
The top paid staffer for Rep. Jason Chaffetz is his Chief of Staff, Justin Harding, who makes $137,000, while Brian Steed, Rep. Chris Stewart’s Chief of Staff, pulls in $125,701.
Every member of Congress is allocated the same amount of money for salaries and personal expenses. Members can allocate that money how they see fit, but the number of employees is capped at 18 full-time and 4 part-time staffers. In 2013, that number was $944,671.