Councillors in the Black Country cost taxpayers more than £3.8m in allowances last year, figures revealed today show.
The amounts paid to every single councillor was laid bare and showed vast differences in amounts paid between different boroughs.
Labour-controlled Sandwell pays the most generous basic rate to its elected members out of the four boroughs with a basic rate of £10,650 paid to all 72 members.
By contrast Wolverhampton City Council gives its councillors £8,980.
The highest earners in most cases were the council leaders with Tory-Lib Dem controlled Wolverhampton's Neville Patten receiving a total of £35,922.
Sandwell's Darren Cooper received £29,091 but was entitled to claim a further £5,000. He chose not to do so.
Dudley Tory leader Councillor Anne Millward was paid £15,969 in 2008/9 before she became the leader. The authority has since upped her special responsibility allowance to £19,080.
In Birmingham the Tory leader Councillor Mike Whitby was paid £55,946 on top of his basic allowance.
However in Walsall the former mayor Councillor John O'Hare was paid more than the leader Councillor Mike Bird. With his special responsibility allowance he took home £31,919 compared to Councillor Bird's £29,390.
Councillor Roger Lawrence, leader of Wolverhampton's opposition Labour group, was paid £27,714.16.