Two staff at the company created to develop the High Speed 2 rail link between London and Birmingham earn more than the Prime Minister, Parliamentary papers have revealed.
HS2 Ltd employ 206 staff, Transport Minister Simon Burns said, one of whom earns more than £160,000 and another who earns more than £170,000.
The figures were revealed in a written answer to shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle, who requested a break down of all HS2 staff by £10,000 salary bands.
The biggest band is that between £30,001 and £40,000, which includes 63 staff.
HS2 Ltd is owned by the Department for Transport and is responsible for promoting and developing the line.
A second phase would see two branches extending to the north of England.
Prime Minister David Cameron earns an annual salary of £142,500.