Greek PM Tsipras Ranks 13th in Salary Among European Leaders


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ranks 13th in salary among the 21 heads of state of the European Council, according to a Eurostat survey.

The highest-paid top official in Europe is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, while European Council President Donald Tusk comes second. The two officials receive 317,496 euros and 298,495 euros per year respectively. As far as country leaders, Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel is paid 288,000 euros per year, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at 250,000 euros per year and Belgium’s Charles Michel comes third at 212,064 euros per year.


The Greek premier’s yearly salary is 85,479 euros and puts him in 13th place among country leaders. He earns more than his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy (78,000 euros), Portugal’s Pedro Passos Coehlo (68,670 euros) and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades (77,182 euros), all leaders whose countries are in bailout programs.

The lowest-paid country leader in the EC is the Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma who only gets 25,285 euros per year for his services.


  1. Good payment so he can buy a new apartment in glyfada after few months and direct Greece from Athens Beverly hills….

  2. its curious that Tsipras was critical of Spanish and Portuguese governments centre right governments a few weeks ago when Tsipras is taking home a bigger pay packet and when Greece is in far worse shape than Spain and Portugal. And here i was thinking Tsipras was all about leftist dream of equality and when the average wage in greece is less than 15,000 euros per year we have a leader making 5 times that – what about living like the people who voted for you Mr Tsipras? isn’t that what leftists are about? – he should at least pay for all the first class trips he has taken around europe while he begs for money – he is a hypocrite!

  3. No surprise to see Emperor Juncker at the top of the list, taking €300k + from people who never even voted for him.

  4. No surprise to see Emperor Juncker at the top of the list, taking €300k + from people who never even voted for him.

  5. He became PM on his empty promises and now he get payed well while everyday Greeks that lost everything are living on the streets. All politicians in Greece needs to reduce their salaries and also reduce the amount of MPs in parliament!

  6. I notice he gets paid less than half the amount the Irish PM gets and they’re not out the woods yet .

  7. You have no concept of budgets do you. 10,20,30, even 100k is a drop in the bucket when you’re talking national budgets especially for a single expense item like a PM. It’s aggregate cost you have to worry about. For example the aggregate cost of running the ineffective Greek rail line…

  8. These are not all the salaries of the EU’s leaders.. Seemingly you forgot: Romania PM is still=17.000 eur/year, Bulgaria ?, Croatia ?, Slovenia ?
    Oh.. Maybe some are not eurozone members.. But so neither is Sweden.