Dr. Anthony Fauci will receive the largest retirement payout in U.S. government history. Fauci has worked for the government for 55 years, and his retirement is set to exceed $350,000 per year. His pension and benefits will also increase based on the cost of living adjustments.
Dr. Fauci was the highest-paid government employee in the last two years. In 2020, he earned $434,312, out-earning the president of the United States. His pay last year increased 4% over his 2019 earnings. Since 2007, he has earned at least $355,000 per year.
Government employees with the tenure of Fauci can retire and earn 80 percent of their high 3-year average salary, along with payouts for sick leave. He’s also likely to receive an annuity granted to federal employees in service over 10 years. The Independent reports, “The employees are eligible for “2 percent of high-3 average salary [highest average basic pay earned during any three consecutive years of service] for each year”.
According to Federalpay.org, “Anthony S. Fauci’s 2020 pay is 73% higher than the average medical officer across all agencies.”
Even though at age 81, Fauci is above retirement age, he insisted he won’t retire until the end of the pandemic. Fauci compared the pandemic to a “war” and declared he would not retire until things were back to normal.
“There’s no way I’m going to walk away from this until we get this under control. I mean, that’s the purpose of what we do,” Fauci continued. “That’s – that’s our mission in life. In the middle of it, I’m not going to walk away.”
“I’m going to keep doing that until this COVID-19 outbreak is in the rearview mirror, regardless of what anybody says about me, or wants to lie and create crazy fabrications because of political motivations.”
In 2004, Fauci received a huge pay boost during the George W. Bush administration for his work in biodefense. He received a “permanent pay adjustment.” He went from making $200,000 in 2004 to $335,000 in 2007. This represents a 68 percent increase.
Fauci is currently the chief medical advisor to President Biden. He’s worked as the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than thirty years. His 2021 salary has yet to be published, but Forbes filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in November for the pay information.