The Executive Schedule (EX) is the pay scale
for the most high-ranking members of the executive branch
of the federal government
of the United States of America
. It applies to anyone who is nominated by the president of the United States of America
and confirmed by the Senate
: as of 2003
, 220 people. Executives not subject to Senate approval are paid according to the Senior Executive Service
(ES), and civil servant
s are paid according to the General Schedule
There are five levels on the Executive Schedule:
- The seventeen secretaries of Bush's cabinet make $161,200 a year.
- The fifteen deputy secretaries make $145,100 a year.
- The fifty-one undersecretaries, presidential advisors, and major agency administrators make $133,700 a year.
- The 128 assistant secretaries, deputy undersecretaries, and general counsels make $125,700 a year.
- Nine commissioners, directors, and deputy assistant secretaries make $117,600 a year.
The EX system was significantly downsized by the Bush administration: during the Clinton administration, it paid nearly five hundred people.