As would-be candidates consider whether to run for political office this year, one consideration can be, “how much money am I going to make?” Pay for the positions that will appear on local residents’ ballots this year varies widely. Serving as a member of Wyoming’s Congressional delegation, for instance, brings a standard salary of $174,000, while local city council members — who are paid per-meeting — take home a few thousand dollars per year. Meanwhile, those who serve on the boards of special districts, overseeing local schools, hospitals, cemeteries, fire departments and others, receive no pay for their work. Benefits for the various positions can also vary. For instance, the governor is provided with a home while members of Congress get extra...
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Pay for public servants ranges from nothing to six figures