How much does Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez earn?

Sánchez and his ministers have agreed to increase their salaries in 2022, a rise rejected for deputies and senators. How much will the Spanish PM and his ministers now earn?

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, seen here at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia in October 2021, will increase his wages by 2 percent in 2022. His salary (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP)
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, seen here at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia in October 2021, will increase his wages by 2 percent in 2022. His salary (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP)

Spain’s coalition PSOE and Unidas Podemos government has decided that the 2 percent salary increase agreed for civil servants in 2022 should also apply to the Prime Minister and his ministers.

This same salary bump-up was rejected a few weeks ago in the Spanish Parliament and the Senate for deputies and senators, but members of the Spanish government have included a wage increase for themselves in the country’s 2022 general budget, as presented by Tax Minister María Jesús Montero on Wednesday.

Three million public workers (funcionarios) in Spain will also benefit from a 2 percent wage increase in 2021.

Last year, the Spanish government had also initially decided it would raise ministers’ wages but u-turned on the decision at the last minute.

How much will Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez now earn?

Pedro Sánchez’s annual wages will go from being €84,845 per year to €86,542 per year, both gross amounts. 

That represents an annual wage increase of €1,696.92, making it a gross monthly salary of €7,211.

Spain’s three Deputy Prime Ministers Nadia Calviño, Teresa Ribera and Yolanda Díaz – all of whom hold other ministerial roles – will each earn €81,341 if the rise is finally approved.

All other ministers that form the Spanish Council of Ministers will see their wages climb from €74,858 to €76,355 gross a year.

The average gross annual salary in Spain in 2021 is €24,009, although there are big regional differences.

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Interestingly, Pedro Sánchez’s wages are not the highest among all Spanish officials. 

The salaries of members of Spain’s Constitutional Court are the highest among all the high positions of the Spanish State and the president of this body, Juan José González Rivas, has the best paid position of all: €160,728 gross a year. 

How do Pedro Sánchez’s wages compare to other world leaders’?

Sánchez’s proposed €86,542 gross a year is slightly lower than Boris Johnson’s annual PM earnings, of £79,496 (€93,803), and an additional £81,932 (€96,672) for being an MP.

It’s also less than half of what French president Emmanuel Macron is earning in 2021 – €182,400 – a far cry from the $400,000 (€344,486) US President Joe Biden gets and the departing German Chancellor Angela Merkel – €350,000 – the third highest in the world.

The highest paid head of state is Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, with annual earnings of €1.38 million, followed far behind by Guy Parmelin of Switzerland with €456,900.

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Despite divisions, Spain’s hard-left unites for vote

Spain's hard-left decided Friday to join forces on a single political platform for the July 23 elections, in a boost for Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's reelection hopes.

Despite divisions, Spain's hard-left unites for vote

The decision was announced shortly before a midnight deadline for parties to register their intention to run as part of a coalition, although they are not required to provide any individual names until June 19.

The snap election was called by Sanchez on May 29, a day after his Socialists and their hard-left coalition partner Podemos suffered a drubbing in local and regional elections.

Since then, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz has been pushing to rally the hard-left behind her platform Sumar (“Unite”).

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After days of difficult negotiations, Podemos, which grew out of the anti-austerity “Indignados” protest movement, finally agreed to join the coalition, which includes more than a dozen political groupings.

“This is the broadest agreement ever reached in Spanish democratic history between progressive and ecological forces,” said a statement from Sumar Friday night.

Podemos, once Spain’s third largest political force in 2015, entered a coalition government with the Socialists in 2020.

But since then, the party’s appeal has been much diminished by a string of disputes and controversies, and its support collapsed during the May 28 local and regional elections.

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From Sumar’s perspective, one of the main sticking points in the talks with Podemos had been the role of Equality Minister Irene Montero, the party’s best-known figure.

Some Diaz allies did not want her on the list, and in the end, she was left out.

An outspoken hardliner who has often courted controversy, Montero has faced bitter criticism in recent months, notably over her flagship rape law that paradoxically let some offenders reduce their sentences.

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Earlier Friday, Podemos leader Ione Belarra called for the veto on Montero to be lifted, describing it as “not only an injustice but also a serious political error”.

Polls have long tipped the right-wing Popular Party to win next month’s vote, although, without a majority, it would be forced to rely on the far-right Vox to govern.

But the coming together of Spain’s hard-left offers Sanchez’s Socialists the hope of pulling together a minority government that could rule with the backing of several regional parties.

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