Dr. Anthony Fauci is the federal government's top-paid employee and made $18,000 more than Trump in 2019

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30 in Washington, DC. Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci has the highest salary of all federal government employees in the US.

He even earns more than the president.

The nation's top infectious-disease expert, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, earned $417,608 in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, per a Freedom of Information Act request by OpenTheBooks.

This was up nearly $18,000 from the year before.

According to the data from OpenTheBooks, three federal employees, including Fauci, earned higher salaries than President Donald Trump in 2019. All were doctors working for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Forbes first reported the news.

A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health told Insider in December that Fauci's salary was then $434,312.

The president, in comparison, earns $400,000 a year, though the office has many other financial perks, including being able to live in the White House, access to a plane and helicopter, and premier health insurance.

Read more: Here's how much Washington power players such as Mark Meadows, Nancy Pelosi, and AOC get paid every year.

Fauci will remain in his current role in President Joe Biden's administration and will also take on the role of chief medical officer.

He has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and has helped deal with AIDS, Zika, and Ebola. He has dozens of honorary doctoral degrees and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his leadership during the AIDS crisis - but it's his response to the coronavirus pandemic, including 20-hour workdays, that has propelled him into the spotlight.

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