Government Salaries in Palau

July 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm 25 comments

The Following is the Government Salaries of Palau and the United States.   These are listed from the highest paid to the lowest.

Republic of Palau

Arthur Ngiraklsong—Chief Justice—Appointment—$90,000.00
Alexandra Foster—Associate Justice—Appointment—$80,000.00
Kathleen M. Salii—Associate Justice—Appointment—$80,000.00
Mary Lourdes Materne—Associate Justice—Appointment—$80,000.00
C. Quay Polloi—Senior Judge, Land Court—Appointment—$70, 000.00
Honora E.R. Rudimch—Senior Judge, COCP—Appointment—$60,000.00
Rose Mary Skebong—Associate Judge, Land Court—Appointment—$60,000.00
Johnson Toribiong—President—Elected—$50, 000.00
OEK Senators/Delegates—Elected—$50,000.00
Kerai Mariur—Vice President —Elected—$45,000.00
Ronald Rdechor—Associate Judge, Land Court Appointment—$45,000.00
Salvador Ingreklii—Associate Judge, Land Court Appointment—$45,000.00

United States of America

Barrak Obama—President—Elected—$400,000
Joe Biden—Vice President—Elected—$227,300
Nancy Pelosi—Speaker of the House—Elected—$223,500
John G. Roberts, Jr.—Chief Justice, Supreme Court—Appointment—$217,400
Associate Justices, Supreme Court—Appointment—$208,100 
House Majority & Minority Leaders—Elected—$193,400
Secretaries(equivalent of Ministers)—Appointment—$191,300
House/Senate Members & Delegates—Elected—$174,000


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  • 1. citizenbelauan  |  July 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I propose everyone salary is cut! When you think about it, 400,000 dollars a year is like 30,000 a year in Palau. To make the salaries “fair and logical” I propose we go 30 for the Pesident 25 for the vice, speaker, senate president, and chief justice, all other justices and ministers at 23, and delegates and senators at 20. I think that’s fair to Palauans and to the Officials!!!

    • 2. Jasper  |  July 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the eye-opener Cheuas… while you may something there about the Constitution but from your track record I am not sure if you’d be the right person to be made President for one day.

      What would Cheuas’ constitution comprise of I wonder… what would be its theme?

      Hey with regards to Chiefs… If it takes all clan members to sanction a Chief from doing anything, seems that the Chief might as well just go fishing and forget about the rest – the Chief is a mere rubber stamp of the members? Is it merely a symbolic position? Seems to me that every time land is being leased the Chief comes out or the Governor comes out, is this another one of our schemes to rip some extra cash from stupid foreigners?

  • 3. gail faustino  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    i agree… we should be reducing not increasing, especially at this time when the economy is not doing so well.

  • 4. Kau Belau  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I second with Mr. Faustino. The most powerful man on earth from USA with a budget of 3.94 trillion is getting paid $400K a year. Whereas, Palau with a 53 million budget (a drop in a pool) is earning $50,000. I’m okay with our President’s salary at $50,000 but the VP should, like USA get only 57% of $50K($28,500). CJ should get 54% ($27,000), AJs at 52% ($26,000). OEK’s & Ministers at 44% ($22,000).

    Our President should also look into MOH’s salaries for MOs & MDs. Put all Medical Officers at $18,000 and Medical Doctors at $45,000 (half of what they could be making elsewhere). If this is a far fetched opinion then we should look no where but to our neighboring country of the Philippines. President GMA’s monthly salary is Php60,000 ($1,276.60 @ 47 pesos/1 $). Her annual salary is $15,312. So, the tiny island nation of ours is way over and beyond our means. By trimming down (“Transparent Salary Adjustment Scale”, politically correct), we can actually be living within our means as a tiny island nation. I bet you that this will be applauded by our international observers (USA, JAPAN, KOREA, CHINA, AUSTRALIA).

    This is a step in the right direction toward a self-sufficient island nation. Oh, elected governors should match with chiefs of each ministries…at $13,500/annum ($1,125/mo.).

    Chief of Staff, it’s your turn to take this and trim, trim, trim. We need every ounce of excess “fat” in this troubling economic times. USA might face a depression. Are we ready?

    Thank you!

    P.S. The reader may print this at his/her own will.

  • 5. Mosisecheklak  |  July 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I totally agree with all of you. One would think that this is the direction this new administration would take, but instead they are asking for more. It’s very hard to believe especially for a very small island with less than 20,000 population. Sad….Very Sad

    • 6. 79 soup  |  August 2, 2009 at 7:50 am

      It baffles me that a Leader of the people would ask for a raise in his first six months , people would have probably got along with this if he would have done something fist. Now, I understand the pay difference between the OEK and the presidential administration however to compare the US to belau , is not apples and oranges rather a processed grape to an apple tree. You know a couple of weeks ago the GOP accused Obamas healthcare movement as his “waterloo”, and this has all the making to be President JT waterloo, its going to overshadow and suck the oxygen out of everything he does, C’mon , how can you ask for a pay raise, when Palauan got stuck packing meat at Iowa , our schools need improvements , etc. People have build a distrust with government an politician for a while now and President JT played right into it. You now people got tired of Tommy Remengesau Jr ( who in his own right was corrupt , he got his pay raise by forcing a policy to prevent senators form two terms, so he can gain a senate seat after his presidency) and in a economic depression , a man who graduated from a prominent law school ( Washington) , who is politically savvy make such bad move ! people would have went along with some fairness, but it was the wrong time to ask.

      God bless to all

  • 7. Jasper  |  July 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    President JT should get US$75,000.00 plus expenses and everyone else on the scale down from there… what’s so difficult…? Unfortunately if we want to compare with the US of A then I should say President JT should get a fraction of President Obama and the formula for the scale should be the fraction difference between Palau GDP and USA’s GDP.

    But for CJ to get almost twice the salary of President JT – now that does not make sense at all.

    In any event, government civil servants and the likes should get huge pays because then it might stop them from being corrupt… to counter the fall-out, anti-corruption laws should have zero tolerance. No persons with criminal records or even a blemish on their records (e.g. DUI or Speeding even) should be allowed into public office. Public Office is a sacred thing, but TR and KN ruined that as have many failed politicians around the world – lets learn from the lessons they have taught us and move from there.

    President JT – do not give in to the Senate. You are the leader, we put you there to lead, not to be led. I do believe you are asking for a salary scale reflective of job descriptions?

  • 8. Concern Belauan  |  July 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I agree with you all. What about the people of Palau??? Everything are so expensive. Lets look into our economic and adjust everybody. I think its our law makers responsibilities. Let work together to find a solution.

    Thank you

  • 9. Jasper  |  July 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Merang Omeluches,

    I think you need to understand the position of clan chiefs in our society. Chiefs are not elected, they are chosen by the strong women members of that clan, but then have to be accepted by the rubaks. If not, then the whole selection will start again.

    If a rubak is chosen, he will not be the owner of the clan, but rather a representative of everyone in that clan. He cannot sell, or lease land of that clan unless a concesus is obtained amongst all the members to include, metmut and kikaid. So if you think Obak alone can now decide and not talk to everyone, then your idea of a chief is a bit off the rack. Did Obak inherit these lands? From who, and if so, what about the rest of the clan members? It information like these that gets the foreign bloggers to think that, the culture of Palau could be played with. I know that some of them are from UK where the Monarchy comes from the father’s side of the family, but is totally different here. And some of them lacks the understanding as to how to even begin to talk about our culture.

    Please study our culture (if you are a Palauan) before you open your mouth. Even though we see $$$$ on NC project, the real issue is how are we going to allow it with minimal problems but major benefit to us. Someone mentioned that this is a Government to Government. If it that, then everyone must have a saying in this, even to teach the naive pushers to understand what our culture holds for us. Also being a G to G, I believe OEK, President, Tax Payers and State Governments are entitled to their ideas as well.

    I hope you are smarter than that…

    I think you should change your name to Klemerang a Omeluches. Merang Omeluches only gives us the picture of how far are you as a Palauan….


  • 10. dust  |  July 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    wow. the courts are paid too well.

  • 11. A Belauan Citizen  |  July 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Hmm…maybe if this administration agrees with all our comments, we may even start taking “baby steps” to becoming that Independent Country that we all would love to see instead of being so dependent on USA, JAPAN, KOREA, CHINA and AUSTRALIA…I sure hope that happens within my lifetime and not after…

  • 12. Oldy  |  July 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I do agree with all of you. It is time to trim off the fat and eat healthy. Our government salaries is just a like these so many diets going on. i.e Atkins Diet. We have been eating fatty foods all along so when it is time to eat healthy it is awful to tast the food without a fat.

    It just hard to change our eating habits but what can we do. I we have to trim the salaries then mind as well close our hopital cause I know our hospital have the most experience doctors in Micornesia. They could just close down shops and come to USA and work and prosper.

    Just a thought to the floor.

    Thank You

  • 13. Tukwila  |  August 1, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Is our goverment able to afford these raises? Where will the money come from? Plus Palau is not in the same leaque as the United States of America. and their tentative salary raises must not be based on the USA goverment pay scale. If anything, our officials should consider cutting their salaries across the three branches and focus the money onto the people of Palau.


  • 14. chebuul  |  August 1, 2009 at 4:02 am

    It is rather absurd that we compare our government’s salary to that of the US Govt. It’s like comparing apples to oranges for the reason being that US has a much greater population and a larger economy.

    Considering the current global economic problems, it would be wise if we DO NOT increase salary. Surely, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a salary increase would be a huge mistake at this time…so please, Mr. President and OEK members, think about this.

    Ke kmal mesulang.

  • 15. Kosiki  |  August 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Please c’mon people get a grasp of reality. I agree with the person that said we are comparing apples and oranges here. Im almost positive that Obama has paid off his student loans and all of his college fees at Harvard. I think he is very well off Im sure if he makes 25000/yr he couldn’t careless. Compare that to the Palauan elected officials during their time they didn’t have palauan student loan going for them. I’m sure they are still having bills to pay.

    In my book they are great humanitarian who are willing to get paid less and serve their people. I flipped burgers in my college years and made more than most of the elected officials, really! My suggestion is to stop the bickering and concentrate on the importantce to move our Island nation forward.

    Mr. President and VIce President and all elected officials of the great republic keep up the good work. Lets try and get all of the palauans to stop utilizing foreigners as employees and start employing our own. I know of tons of people in Palau who are less motivated that can use some words of encouragement. Kusus er kemiu rokui emechikung ma uriil.

  • 16. sechesech  |  August 3, 2009 at 3:26 am

    you’re comparing coconuts and oranges…..

  • 17. Beldobed  |  August 3, 2009 at 11:05 am


    You don’t even understand the words coming out of your ASS!!! Are you serious!!! The problem is right in front of you. How can Palauans be motivated when their leadrship is raising their money while the rest of the people can not even earn enough for gas and food!! And you talk about not being motivated!! Talk about a downer,,,, this is an insult!!!

  • 18. DiDi  |  August 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I was curious about the difference in salaries, so I did some research! Salaries of the Judicial court are paid high salaries and that is to ensure that the judges who decides guilty or not, has no reason or any kind to be bribed or coerced to do illegal. It is also for their security reasons (imagine driving around Palau) knowing that you put as many of the citizens and their families behind bars and so forth.. I would want assurance for my life!

    As for the new administration pay increase, I agree that the timing was not right! You will get your well deserve pay when we see results, but now is just not the TIME! The surveys that was collected during your campaign – will tell you how badly hurting the palauan people.

    Raise the Morale, the passion, give me a reason to get up in the morning e ousemeriar el mo oureor Please! Give me back my morale and my passion!

    Thank You

  • 19. sechesech  |  August 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    this government needs to downsize, it’s like a fat lady that needs to consume and consume until “POP GOES THE WEAZZZZEL” if it hasn’t already.
    first we need to get rid of the so called states, devide honto into 2 districts/zones along w/ kayangel, koror as one district since it’s heavily populated along w/ peleliu,sonsorol and hotobei.
    eliminate the senators,dleegates and whatever political representatives that exist. i can go on and on but you get the picture…….

    ok now……let the arguement/debate begin…..

  • 20. Kebelung  |  August 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Sounds to me like everyone in this Govt. is fat & overpaid just look at their bellies. Dont really see any real improvements, No real work, No Programs, No $$$ for Teachers, Nurses, Doctors. I think Road & Ground workers probably have improved Palau more than these Kebelung el chad er a Bolitics. Only thing I see them improving is their own lives.

  • 21. sechesech  |  August 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    well….according to CNN our coconut island have been approved to receive the terrorrist prisoners….sounds like our coconut politicians knew all along that’s why they’ve been whining about getting paid….i mean getting pay raise…same difference. “It’s called the HAVES and HAVE NOTS”……such a shame…

  • 22. citizenbelau  |  August 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    You know what, I think a serious evaluation of the state of Palau is really needed. We have become a nation of beggers. Our government has become so bloated that we need outside money just to fund it. We have no profitable economic base and we think we are independent. Where are the leaders of old who stuck it in the face of the United States. Remember that free association was not the only choice for us. I remember the likes of Roman Tmetuchel who said full independence from the start. And they had plans on how to sustain Palau. Now we are falling in to the trap that was set by the Americans. Dependency on the United States. And on top of that, we’re starting to get money from Taiwain, Australia, and such. A US diplomat once said, “the only free cheese is bait on a mousetrap”. I believe we have taken the bait. We are taking easy money that just as easily gets taken from us. We need to stop looking for money and start earning some money. People say that Palau doesn’t have any resources and it can’t survive on its own. You know what that didn’t stop the Japanese. Palau and the rest of Micronesia was the economic powerhouse of imperial Japan. These small islands funded their War Machine. Why do you think US forces fought so hard for these “little godforsaken islands”. Come on Palauans, its time to step up. I say no more outside help. Don’t renegotiate the Compact. Ask for full independence. We have the tools we need for economic stability. Fishing, Tourism, these tested industries can still become better and more profitable. We can start research institutes for both marine and cultural studies. Eco based tourism should be a priority, like cultural hikes and museums about our culture. Agriculture and Aquaculture are also options for our economic base. We can grow cash crops and marine life to supply demand around the world. We can even create a super port. With our strategic location we can be the economic middleman between the east and west superpowers. All these things are possible but it needs to start with our leaders. All you people start writing and pushing. And if they don’t listen, then we will run for these offices. These public servants should not be there to get rich, they should be there to fight for the freedom of the People of Palau. Okay, i think ive ranted for long enough. What do you think?

    • 23. 79soup  |  August 7, 2009 at 5:02 am

      I agree with you on several issue, however we need a western power to lean on. We have to remember if it wasn’t the western empire it was the Asian empire. So I believe in a strong relationship with the US. On the economic front, we need to understand that with capitalism comes a lot of sacrifices , environmental, cultural, political etc. Large organization are not going to sit at the table and be fair, their going to want some incentive and truism along is not enough. The biggest issue that we have to face is our ego and pride, were now mimicking the Americans by employing foreign workers to do jobs we feel are beneath us to do, we need to stop competing with each other and work together and build a country that benefits the present and future generations.


  • 24. Om nom nom  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Saying that a judge should recieve less pay is like telling a doctor the same thing. With all those years of education and paying for tuition, you would think you have earned the pay, but no, some of you people believe they should have lower pay, silech er kemiu…

  • 25. kereml  |  August 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Saying that Judges sholuld reduce their salary is just not right. With theiir school and everything they suffered from getting thier education. I should say that the Delegates and Senators should decrease their salary based on thier experience and thier education.


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