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What are the annual salaries for the mayor, councilmen and commissioners, and lawmakers in Raleigh?

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Q. What are the annual salaries for the Wilmington mayor and City Council members, the county commissioners, and state senators and representatives in Raleigh?

A. The mayor of Wilmington’s base pay is $14,040, said city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert. Including a car allowance and a technology stipend, Mayor Bill Saffo makes $19,440 annually. A council member’s base salary is $10,670. Including a car allowance and a technology stipend, council members make $16,070 annually. The car allowance is $350 each month. The technology stipend is $100 each month.

New Hanover County commissioners receive a salary of $16,446 annually and the chairman receives $24,234. They also are eligible for standard county benefits, including health insurance. Travel inside the county is included in their base pay, and commissioners typically use county vehicles for any additional travel. All commissioners will also receive a laptop and a cell phone stipend if requested.

Pay in the General Assembly in Raleigh depends on the position. The speaker of the house and president pro tempore of the Senate make $38,151 a year. The speaker pro tempore of the House and the deputy president pro tempore of the Senate both make $21,739 annually. The majority and minority leaders earn $17,048 and members of the N.C. Senate and House make $13,951 a year.

Travel and per diem vary. Carolina Journal Online created a chart showing how much each lawmaker made in 2009 including per diem and travel. You can see it here: http://www.carolinatransparency.com/disbursements/?sort=travel

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