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When considering both the responsibilities and stress it takes for someone to be the leader of the free world, it might be surprising to hear that, no, that person—in this case, it's Donald Trump—does not make as much as a professional athlete. In fact, it's not even close.
That's because, according to International Business Times, Trump's new annual salary for becoming the United States' 45th President will total $400,000, which seems pretty crappy given the work requirements.
Compensation is laid out in the United States Code. "The President shall receive in full for his services during the term for which he shall have been elected compensation in the aggregate amount of $400,000 a year, to be paid monthly, and in addition an expense allowance of $50,000 to assist in defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of his official duties," it says. "He shall be entitled also to the use of the furniture and other effects belonging to the United States and kept in the Executive Residence at the White House."
Sure, making $400K a year would be awesome for you or me, but for running a country, wouldn't you think it would be more?
As for Trump, the new salary as President is a serious pay cut, as he's reportedly worth billions, per 24/7 Wall Street, meaning he probably makes $400,000 in a single day.
And because we know you're curious, here are some professionals who will earn more than President Trump will when he takes office in 2017:
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Head Football Coach: $7.1 million
Renu Khator, University of Houston President & Chancellor: $1.3 million
Mike Conley, Point Guard, Memphis Grizzlies: $26.5 million
Kevin Hart, Actor/Comedian: $28.5 million
Kevin Spacey, Actor and fictional President in "House of Cards": $1 million/episode
So, for those who think running a country would be amazing, make sure you understand that, financially speaking, it's not nearly as much as some other professions out there.