There is a lot of misinformation and mystery about the compensation that the members of the United States Congress receive, and this is perpetuated by frequent emails that spread many things that are untrue. So I did some research at http://www.About.com, which provides information about the US Government, and also placed several calls to the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives (202 225-7000) to compile and report to you the accurate information. Here, at least in theory, is what I discovered.
The present salary of the members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives is $174,000 per year, except for the Speaker of the House, who receives $223,500, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, who each receive $193,400. But those amounts are also subject to a Cost of Living Adjustment increase each year, unless Congress votes to forego that benefit for that year.
Read the rest via Judge Gray: Actual Congressional Benefits | Independent Political Report.